Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to visit Nepal on Tuesday for attending 18th SAARC Summit starting few days ahead. President MR will visit Buddhist monastery of Chabahil (Charumati) in Kathmandu which has been a symbol of historic relations between Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Charumati, a daughter of Emperor Ashoka who set up the Monastery 2,300 years ago, brought Buddhism to Nepal while Sanghamitra and son Mahendra brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka.
The visit on the occasion of the meeting is President Rajapaksa's second visit to Nepal. The President and the First lady visited Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha in 2009.
All necessary preparations for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Lumbini visit that is going to take place on the eve of SAARC 18th Summit have been completed.
Special attention has been focused on Lumbini with the confirmation of visits of Sri Lanka's President Rajapaksha and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to this historic place and security here has been beefed up, keeping in mind the visit of SAARC special guests. Lumbini is all got ready to welcome the SAARC special guests to the town.