President Bhandari visits Shwedagon Pagoda

President Bidya Devi Bhandari who is on a state visit to Myanmar has visited the Shwedagon Pagoda today. The pagoda is officially named as Shwedagon Zedi Daw and is also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda, located in Yangon, Myanmar. President Bhandari also offered worship in the Pagoda. Head of the State Bhandari was welcomed by Yangon city mayor Maung Maung Soe on the premises of the pagoda.

The Pagoda is the most sacred Buddhist structure in Myanmar, as it believably contains relics of four previous Buddha of the present Kalpa. These relics include the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Konagamana – a piece of the robe of Kassapa, and eight strands of hair from the head of Gautam Buddha. The pagoda is considered as unique one in its architecture. President Bhandari also inaugurated the art exhibition where 25 arts and replica of idol of Mahabhiniskramd were found during excavation. The seven-day exhibition is organized by Lumbini Development Trust. Different arts reflecting Lumbini, Kapilvastu and Ramgram area were exhibited on the occasion.

Unearth of Kapilvastu and Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, is underway with the help of the UNESCO, Durham University and the Department of Archeology, Nepal, she informed. President Bhandari inspected Bogyoke Aung San Museum in Yangon today itself. The Yangon regional government and Minister for Social Affairs Naing Ngan Lin welcomed the President and her delegation here. Prior to this, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and the Nepali delegation inspected Mahabijaya Chaitya.

A Buddha’s statue, which was gifted to the Government of Myanmar by the then King Birendra Shah during his visit there in 2036 BS, has been showcased in the Chaitya. President Bhandari’s entourage includes Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi, Secretary at the Office of the President Dr Hari Poudel, Chief Personal Secretary to the President, Dr Bhesh Raj Adhikari, high officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Office of the President, among others. The President will conclude her state visit to Myanmar on October 20.