KATHMANDU: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that he was honored to visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Siddharth Gautam Buddha.

In a statement issued on Sunday regarding his visit to Nepal, he said that it was an honor to visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. “I am honored to follow in the footsteps of millions of Indians to pay homage to the sacred site of the birthplace of Lord Buddha,” the statement said.

Modi is coming to Nepal on the occasion of Budva Purnima (Jayanti), which falls today at the invitation of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. In Nepal, he is said to be going directly to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

During his stay in Nepal, he will participate in a lamp lighting program at the Mayadevi temple premises jointly with Prime Minister Deuba.

Release issued by Modi