With a number of people from all walks of life gathered in Nepal’s capital recently to recite the messages of Lord Gautam Buddha, known as Dhhamapad, the country has successfully set a record attempt. It has superseded India, in the category of ‘Most People Reading Aloud Simultaneously- Single Location’. The title was formerly held by India after making the record at an event organized by the Art of Living Foundation on February 2, 2014.
It is certainly yet another achievement in the continuing growth and development of the country. The record holds a mirror to the devotion and dedication of the country. However, the official declaration of the record hasn’t been done by the authorities.
As per the sources, more than 70,000 people had gathered to recite Dhammapada. The preachings of Lord Buddha were recited at an event in Kathmandu’s Tundikhel.
Organized by The World Record Council Nepal, the event was graced with the presence of various prominent personalities. It was inaugurated by Prasad Oli, the Prime Minister of Nepal Khadga.
Urging the people to spread love and affection and opt for the method of dialogue to resolve conflicts, he inspired the audience with his words. “Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the country which has the height like of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) let’s make it peaceful. We have adopted the path of prosperity let’s make it that way. Let’s make it happiest country in the world. I want to make a request with the world, the world leaders, the world’s government and all organisations to search for the solutions through dialogue or through peaceful way if problems exist not the war,” said Prasad Oli.
According to the event organiser, the mass prayer ceremony was held to publicize Nepal as “the land of Buddha” and to set the record in Guinness Book in Nepal’s name. The country conducted this exercise in order to mark itself for the event of “Most People Reading Aloud Simultaneously- Single Location” as part of the Guinness World Records.
In order to participate in the event, around 46,660 participants gathered at the Vadakkunnathan Temple at Thrissur in Kerala to recite Njanappana, a masterpiece of 16th Century poet Poonthanam. The poem is based on the notion of promoting peace and non-violence.