PM Modi, Mongolian President jointly Unveils statue of Lord Buddha
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Mongolia H.E. Mr
Khaltmaagiin Battulga, jointly unveiled a statue of Lord Buddha and his two
disciples, installed at historic Gandan Tegchenling Monastery in Ulaanbaatar
(Mongolia’s Capital) via videoconferencing from Delhi.
Minister had offered prayers at Gandan Tegchenling Monastery during his visit
to Mongolia in 2015.
Thus while underlining common Buddhist heritage and
civilizational links between our two countries and peoples, PM Modi had then
announced to gift a Lord Buddha statue to Buddhist monastery.
President is on a 5-day state visit to India.
This is the 1st State Visit by a
Mongolian President in last 10 years. During his stay, the Mongolian President
will participate in an India-Mongolia Business Forum in New Delhi, visit Agra
and attend an event.
He will also be paying a visit to Bodh Gaya (Bihar) before
leaving for Karnataka where he will hold meeting with state Governor and attend
The Statue symbolizes the shared respect
of our two countries for universal message of Lord Buddha.
Statue depicts Lord
Buddha in a sitting posture along with his two disciples conveying the message
of compassion as well as peace and co-existence.
The statue was installed and
consecrated at Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar in early September 2019 during
the 3rd edition of SAMVAAD dialogue held in Ulaanbaatar (from 6-7 September
The 3rd edition of SAMVAAD dialogue brought together Buddhist religious
leaders, scholars and experts from different countries to deliberate on
contemporary issues related to Buddhism.
Gandan Tegchenling Monastery : A brief History
is a prominent centre of Mongolian Buddhists and a treasure house of valuable
It hosted 11th General Assembly of Asian Buddhist Conference
for Peace (ABCP) (from 21-23 June 2019) to mark the 50th anniversary of
More than 150 guests from 14 countries including India, Nepal,
Russia, Sri Lanka, Japan, South Korea, Bangladesh, Bhutan, LPDR, Thailand,
North Korea among others had
participated in event.