Buddha Vanam a la Bodh Gaya: KCR

HYDERABAD: Sri Parvathanama “Buddha Vanam” at Nagarjuna Sagar will be developed into a world class Buddhist destination in the near future on par with Bodh Gaya in Bihar, Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao has said. A special authority will be set up for the purpose soon, he said.

On the occasion of Buddha Jayanthi, Rao lit a candle, planted a sapling and paid floral tributes to Lord Buddha at the memorial. He also visited a museum and went round the campus at Buddha Vanam near Nagarjuna Sagar.

Speaking on the occasion, Rao vowed to develop the site into a place that is to be most sought after destination in the world and asked the officials to take all measures accordingly.

Rao said he would soon call a meeting to make Sagar a world tourist destination by appointing a permanent official with a special authority. Every person who believes in Buddhism should think to make at least a visit to Buddha Vanam at Nagarjuna Sagar, he asserted.

The site is spread in 274 acres campus, where a Buddhist statue donated by Sri Lanka, will be installed soon, he said. The officials informed him that some structures are under construction, including a tall Sthupa (a tall pillar), a few varieties of replicas of Budcha Stupas, noted across the world as a meditation center. They also said they would expand the works towards Krishna River and develop Buddha Vanam.

Buddha’s preachingis the solution to many national issues: Speaker

Telangana Assembly Speaker Madhusudhana Chary today said that the current scenario in the nation would be tackled by following the footsteps of Lord Budha and his preachings.

Along with Council Chairman Swamy Goud, the Speaker offered floral tributes to Lord Buddha monolith statue in Hussain Sagar here. Speaking on the occasion, Chary said Buddha’s preachings were the only solution to the problems India was facing.

As Messiah for peace and tranquility, Buddha toured the entire world and his preaching was of immense value for building a better society, Chary stated.

“We need to follow Buddha’s words to make a better living of communal harmony and brotherhood, he stated. He also said, “We can offer real tributes to such stalwarts and great personalities only through celebrating their birth and death anniversaries”.

Goud said Buddha had visited Telangana region as part of his globetrotting, and his preaching helped the people awake and live in peaceful manner.

“We have to follow Buddha’s footsteps and implement welfare schemes for the poor”, he said. He also hoped Telangana would be made into a favourite Budhist destination in the world. (NSS)

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