Offering prayers during a special program held at Buddha Smriti Park in Patna on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti, the CM said there has been an appreciable increase in the number of tourists coming to Bihar in recent years. The government wants them to also visit Vaishali where the Samyak Darshan Sangrahalaya Buddha is being built.
For the first time, Buddha enthroned women in the Buddha Sangh at Vaishali, he said. Referring to Buddha Smriti Park, Nitish said earlier that there is a prison there. “We had spent time in this prison during the JP movement,” he said.
Nitish visited the Vipassana center and participated in the meditation. He said that after the morning walk, he also meditated for 10 minutes every day and felt much better after that. He said people should come to the meditation center for 10 days. Appropriate accommodation and meal arrangements have been made at the centre. He also visited the Buddha Museum there.
MP CM Tarkishore Prasad, Construction Minister Ashok Choudhary, Patna Mayor Sita Sahu, Chief Secretary Amir Shubhani and other officers were also present.
Later the CM went to Vaishali and saw the progress in building the Samyak Darshan Sangrahalaya Buddha there.
He expressed concern about the delay of the project announced as early as 2007. The officials concerned assured him to complete it by the end of December this year.