Sunday, February 17, 2008

Pawapuri Ignored by Bihar State Government

Patna, (Bihar Times): After the protest by the Buddhists of Bodh Gaya over the state government advertisement showing 'disrespect' to Gautam Buddha it is now the Jains turn to express their strong displeasure.
The secretary of the Patna Jain Sangh, Pradip Jain, in a letter to the chief minister, Nitish Kumar, complained that though the public relation department of the state government, in its advertisement, showed Bodh Gaya and Patna Saheb Gurdwara it totally ignored Pawapuri or any other Jain shrine notiwithstanding the fact that Jainism had its origin in the state.

Apart from that the Pawapuri Jal Mandir was not included in President Pratibha Patil's itinerary, though last time when the then President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam was in Bihar he visited this temple. This notwithstanding the fact that President Patil visited Nalanda and Rajgir in the vicinity of Pawapuri and Bodh Gaya and Vaishali––all places related to Buddhism––in her two-day visit to the state.

Pradip Jain urged the chief minister to give equal importance to the Jain places of historical and religious importance during the visit of the VIPs and in state government advertisement.

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