Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands ahead of a meeting in New Delhi on June 17, 2016. 
The Thai prime minister is on an official visit to India. / AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGH
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands ahead of a meeting in New Delhi on June 17, 2016. The Thai prime minister is on an official visit to India. / AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGH

Patna: Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha on Saturday visited Bodh Gaya and prayed at the Mahabodhi temple, Buddhists’ holiest shrine, officials said.

Gaya District Magistrate Kumar Ravi said Prayut Chan-o-Cha, who arrived at Bodh Gaya international airport on Saturday morning, offered prayers and circumambulated the Mahabodhi tree under which Lord Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment.

A district police officer said the prime minister also visited the Thai monastery in Bodh Gaya, about 110 km from Patna.

After offering prayers and spending time under Bodhi tree, Prayut expressed happiness and satisfaction, police officer said.

He is in India on a three-day visit from June 16 on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation. He will leave for Bangkok on Saturday afternoon.

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