Monks in Bodh Gaya offer special prayer for world peace

January 28th, 2009 - 3:51 pm ICT by ANI  

Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya, Jan 28 (ANI): Thousands of Buddhist monks converged at Bodh Gaya on Tuesday to offer ”Nigma Monlam Puja”, a ritual of special prayers for universal peace.
Lama Buddhist monks from various countries participated in this 10-day event.
“For decades, the Nigma Monlam Puja has been organised during this particular time and attended by thousands of monks. The main purpose of this prayer is world peace. Buddhist Lama Monks from various countries are participating in this prayer,” said Bhante P. Civili, a Buddhist monk, Bodh Gaya.
Bodh Gaya is the place where Buddha attained spiritual enlightenment as such it is among the prominent pilgrim centres for Buddhists.
Buddhist scriptures describe Bodh Gaya as the navel of the Earth.
Around a million pilgrims and tourists visit Bodh Gaya every year to see the Mahabodhi Temple and also the tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. (ANI)

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