Kuala Lumpur, Oct-6The non-resident Nepalese in Malaysia & MahaVihara Buddist temple have organised a photo and documentary exhibition to disseminate information that the proponent of peace was actually born in Nepal.
The NRN Malaysia extended its support to the Rupandehi-based journalist Chetan Pant in organising the photo and documentary exhibition. Pant flew to Malaysia on his private expenses along with 76 photographs and a documentary picture on Lumbini, Kapilvastu and other Buddhist sites.
The NRN Malaysia said it organised the exhibition to disseminate the information to the world that Lumbini is actually the birthplace of the proponent of peace, Lord Buddha, who had spent 29 years of his life in Kapilvastu, the capital of the Shakya state.
The exhibition was jointly inaugurated by Head monk of mahavihara temple of Kulalampur ven. Dhammaratna thero and acting Nepali ambassador for Malaysia mr. Lekh Nath Bhattarai.
Journalist Pant, also the collector of several photographs on famous Nepali Buddhist sites said that he wanted to support the campaign against the wrong publicity about the Buddha’s birthplace. Therefore, he worked together with NRN Malaysia to hold the photo and documentary exhibition. Previously, Pant had organised such exhibitions in Hong Kong, Thailand and the USA.
At the exhibition, a 26-minute long documentary on Lumbini with English subtitles has also been shown. The photographs and documentary have been produced by journalist Pant and his younger brother Shambhu. Pant brothers are currently associated with Nepal Television and Image Television.
Along with Pant, the tourism entrepreneurs of Lumbini area, Kishor Joshi, Abhinash Shrestha and Nirakar Pant have also visited Malaysia to promote Lumbini there.
The exhibition was visited by several ambassadors of Buddhist nations, monks and nuns, Buddhist association members and hundreds of Nepalese residing in Malaysia.
The exhibition, which was held in active involvement of NRN Malaysia President Shankar Bahadur Paudel and its member Raju Sharma, has been able to dispel the wrong message that Lord Buddha was born in India and spread the message that he was born in Lumbini of Nepal.
President Paudel said that the Nepalese must come forward to take a lead to protect and promote Nepali culture and heritages. “This is the reason we have organised the exhibition.”
The exhibition has not only supported to identify the importance of Lumbini but also helped in promoting tourism in the area, NRN, Malaysia member Raju Sharma said. Malaysia has 30 per cent of Buddhist and Hindu population and Lumbini is a pilgrimage for both communities, Sharma said.