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Donations to develop Buddha's birthplace in Nepal

People are invited to help with the development of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, by making donations via 7-Eleven outlets and post offices nationwide.

"We will be holding an event to raise public awareness about the Lumbini development project soon," Sudarat Keyuraphan said yesterday in her capacity as project head.

The occasion will take place at the square in front of Isetan department store at the CentralWorld shopping complex.

"The event will run from 9am to 7.09pm between August 9 and August 16," Sudarat said, adding that praying rites would be held every evening after which 500 bottles of holy water would be handed out.

"The holy water comes from a pond that is more than 3,000 years old," she said.

The replica of the Ashoka Pillar from Nepal will also be a highlight of the event.

The public-awareness event will also feature dharma talks by prominent Buddhist preachers such as Mae Chee Sansanee Sthirasuta of Sathira-dhammasathan and Phra Maha Sompong.

Actors and actresses, including Taksa-orn Taechanarong, Khemanit Jamikorn and Pornchita na Songkhla, will also take part. Artists from Grammy music label will contribute, too.

The development of Lumbini is already in its third phase, which will feature the casting of the young Siddhartha and the construction of a 1-kilometre road, Sudarat said.

"We will also later construct a first-aid room and toilets," she added.

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