Bagan [Myanmar], September 6 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Myanmar's Bagan city on Wednesday and visited the famous Ananda Temple.
The Ananda Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple, built in the early 12th century. It is the second largest temple in the entire Bagan region. The Archaeological Survey of India has carried out structural conservation and chemical preservation work of this temple.
Restoration work is being carried out after the damage due to earthquake last year. Prime Minister Modi was shown a photo exhibit depicting the ongoing restoration work at the temple. He offered prayers and made a Parikrama of the temple, during which, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) representatives explained him the restoration process.
He also signed the visitors' book at the temple and unveiled a plaque, signifying the contribution of India in the restoration of the Ananda Temple.
The ASI has undertaken several major conservation works across various countries of Asia. Besides the Ananda Temple, the major conservation works include the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, the Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Ta Prohm Temple in Cambodia, the Vat Phou Temple in Laos and the My Son Temple in Vietnam.
Prime Minister Modi is now set to visit Yangon. The preparations for the Indian community event in Yangon to be addressed by Prime Minister Modi are underway.