The Indian Government's decision to declare the aerodrome in Uttar Pradesh's (UP) Kushinagar as an International Airport will provide pilgrims, historians and cultural enthusiasts the opportunity to explore Buddhist sites, the Indian High Commission said on Tuesday (July 14).
According to the report
, in the statement, Indian High Commission to Sri Lanka said, "The decision to declare Kushinagar airport as an International airport, will provide Buddhist pilgrims, historians and cultural enthusiasts the opportunity to comfortably explore not only Kushinagar but also other historically significant locations such as Lumbini, Kapilavastu and Sravasti, which are in close proximity."
The Indian Government in a statement had said that around 200-300 devotees from Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Myanmar, etc come to offer prayers at Kushinagar on any given day.
Sri Lanka is a Buddhist-majority nation with over 70 per cent people practicing the faith. The Kushinagar district is also home to numerous other monasteries and Buddhist cultural sites. Kushinagar is believed to be the place where Gautama Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana after his death. There is a huge reclining statue of Lord Buddha from the 5th Century at the Mahaparinirvana Temple.
The Ramabhar Stupa, also known as the Mukutbandhan Chaitya, is said to be the cremation place of Lord Buddha and is located in the vicinity of the Mahaparinirvana Temple.