KATHMANDU, Nepal- In a bid to remove the rumor that Lord Buddha was born in India, as publicized by Indian medias, Nepal’s central bank has introduced a 100-rupee Nepali note featuring Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
The new note would be accessible only during the Dashain, Nepal’s greatest festival,that falls in the month of October, Xinhua reports quoting officials at the bank.
According to bank spokesperson, the new note has an image of the Ashoka Pillar, along with a message on the front side that Buddha was born at Lumbini in Nepal. Beside this, it portraits the picture of Mayadevi, Gautam Buddha’s mother in silver metallic on the front.
The new note is being issued following a cabinet decision on Aug 27.
‘Since Lumbini has been enlisted on World Heritage list, the bank thought the holy place also needed to be published through currency as well’, an official of the bank told.
The name of the bank in Latin script would be printed on the note along with the date of printing in both Christian Era and the Nepali Calendar “Bikram Sambat”.
It is learnt that the note also featured a black dot which would help the blind recognise the note.