His Majesty the King and Her Majesty Queen back after visit to In­dia

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Biku Gu­rung

His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyalt­suen ar­rived back in the coun­try last fri­day after a Royal Visit to In­dia.

In In­dia, Their Majesties graced the Founder’s Day cel­e­bra­tions of Her Majesty’s old school, The Lawrence School, in Sanawar, Hi­machal Pradesh.

Their Majesties also vis­ited some of the most sa­cred Bud­dhist sites in Bod­hgaya (Dorji Dhen) and Varanasi, on the invitation of the gov­ern­ment of In­dia.

In Bod­hgaya, Their Majesties vis­ited the Ma­ha­bodhi Tem­ple, built on the site where Lord Bud­dha is said to have at­tained en­light­en­ment, and the Ma­ha­bodhi So­ci­ety Cen­tre, which houses sev­eral relics of Lord Bud­dha.

Their Majesties also vis­ited the Bhutanese Tem­ple, and the Dai­jokyo Bud­dhist Tem­ple in Bod­hgaya, and Su­jata Vil­lage, where, ac­cord- ing to legend, a woman named Su­jata (Lekima) of­fered Lord Bud­dha a bowl of rice pud­ding when she saw the se­verely ema­ci­ated Gau­tama med­i­tat­ing

In Ra­j­gir, Their Majesties vis­ited the an­cient Na­landa Univer­sity ru­ins and Archaeological Com­plex, Na­landa Archaeological Mu­seum, the Xuan­zang Memo­rial Hall, the Vishwa Shanti Stupa, and Gridhkuta (Ja-Goed-Phung­poiRi) - the site where Lord Bud­dha set in mo­tion his sec­ond wheel of law.

In Sar­nath Varanasi, Their Majesties vis­ited the Chaukhandi Stupa, Dhar­mara­jika Stupa, Dhamekha Stupa (Deer Park), the Mu­la­gand­hakuti Vi­hara Tem­ple and Bod­hivrik­sha; sites which mark the first ser­mon of Lord Bud­dha and house many im­por­tant relics, as well as the Sar­nath Archaeological Mu­seum and the statue of the Stand­ing Bud­dha. His Majesty also granted an au­di­ence to the Bhutanese stu­dents who had gath­ered at the Dhamekha Stupa to wel­come Their Majesties.

In Varanasi, Their Majesties vis­ited the Kashi Vishwanath Tem­ple ded­i­cated to Lord Shiva, and graced the evening Aarti at Dashash­wamedh Ghat.

Their Majesties visit to In­dia is sym­bolic of the many con­nec­tions and shared spir­i­tual her­itage of our two coun­tries, and a reaf­fir­ma­tion of the strong friend­ship that ex­ists be­tween In­dia amd Bhutan

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