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PM of India gets warm welcome in China

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Beijing: The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi arrived in Xi’an, the capital of China’s Shaanxi Province, on the morning of May 14th, 2015. He was received by the Governor of Shaanxi Province Mr. Lou Qinjian, and Vice Foreign Minister of China Mr. Liu Zhenmin. The Prime Minister visited the Terracotta Warriors Museum, and observed the exhibits there in detail. The Prime Minister also visited the Daxingshan Temple in Xi’an. In the afternoon, the Prime Minister was received by the President of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, at the Shaanxi Guest House. The two leaders held restricted talks. The Prime Minister visited the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an. He was received at the courtyard inside the main compound by President Xi. The Prime Minister presented a Bodhi Tree Sapling to the Chief Abbot of the Pagoda. The Prime Minister was given a Traditional Tang Dynasty welcome, at a ceremony at the South City Wall in Xi’an. This was followed by a Dinner Banquet hosted by President Xi Jinping, and a cultural performance at Pot City, South City Wall. The Prime Minister arrived in Beijing late in the evening.
PM’s gift to President of the People's Republic of China, Mr.Xi Jinping The Prime Minister today presented President Xi Jinping replicas of a stone casket of Buddhist relics and a stone statue of Buddha that were excavated from a 3rd -4th century AD stupa at Dev-ni-Mori – a site 80 kms east of Vadnagar, Gujarat – in 1957. In addition, the Prime Minister presented archaeological drawings of excavations at Vadnagar which was one of the places visited by the great Chinese traveller Xuanzang – also known as Hieun Tsang – around 641 AD. The site is referred to as Anandpur in Xuanzang’s writings and recent excavations point to the existence of a thriving Buddhist centre at Vadnagar way back in 2nd century AD. The Prime Minister visited the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda today where Xuanzang worked for years to translate the sutras that he brought to China from India. Recent excavations at Vadnagar have revealed a burnt brick structure that has been identified as a Buddhist monastery on the basis of its peculiar plan and the antiquities recovered from it, which include a red sandstone broken head of Buddha, stylistically datable to 2nd century AD, a votive tablet with foot impression, and a crescent-shaped stone tray depicting the scene of a monkey offering honey to Buddha. In his writings, Xuanzang had recorded that there were more than 1000 monks of the Sammitiya School or Little Vehicle in ten monasteries at Vadnagar, suggesting that Vadnagar was an important centre of Buddhist learning in western India during that period. In ancient times, Vadnagar was situated at a strategic location where two major ancient trade routes crossed each other. One of them was from central India to Sindh and to further northwest whiles the other from the port towns on the Gujarat coast to Rajasthan and north India. Therefore, it could have been a city of ample opportunities until these routes remained vibrant.
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About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is serving as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, the university which controlling 440 colleges of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy & Architecture colleges in Gujarat.

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