PM Modi, Mongolian President jointly Unveils statue of Lord Buddha

Highlights:

  • 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. 
  • Earlier, Prime 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. 
  • Mongolian 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 a programme. 
  • 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 2019). 
  • 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
  • It is a prominent centre of Mongolian Buddhists and a treasure house of valuable Buddhist heritage. 
  • It hosted 11th General Assembly of Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace (ABCP) (from 21-23 June 2019) to mark the 50th anniversary of Conference. 
  • 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.