On November 28, the head of the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in Nepal held a working meeting with the Nepalese side about postponing the construction of a Russian Buddhist temple in Nepal due to the pandemic.
During the meeting, Yu. a. Androsova got acquainted with the religious temple complex where, according to historical data, Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born. She gave an interview to local television about the multi-faith nature of our country and the importance of building a Russian Datsan on the territory of Lumbini for representatives of the Buddhist faith from Russia.
One of the main issues was the discussion of changing the construction period of the Russian Buddhist temple, since the Agreement on the transfer of land for the construction of the Russian Buddhist temple has a time frame. Given the introduction of restrictive measures due to the spread of coronavirus infection, Russian specialists were not able to arrive in Nepal to organize construction in 2020.
Saroj Battarai, a prominent architect and project Manager of the Lumbini development Fund Of the government of Nepal, assured that the start date for the construction of the Russian datsan on the world heritage site will be moved by a year. And the arrival Of Russian specialists of the Fund will take place in the first quarter of 2021 with the support of both parties.
For reference: the signing of an Agreement on the transfer of a land plot in Lumbini to the Russian side for the construction of an exact replica of the Saint Petersburg Datsan Gunzechoinei (Russian Buddhist temple) took place on September 19, 2019 between the Russian society for cooperation and friendship with Nepal and the Nepalese Lumbini development Fund. This project to build a Russian temple in Lumbini was supported by the Buddhist community of the Russian Federation.
The temple complex consists of a dozen Buddhist monasteries, temples, stupas of different faiths and other monuments. Every country that has representatives of the Buddhist faith can build a temple on the territory of Lumbini. So, you can already visit the temples of China, Germany, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan and many other countries.