New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the nation in prayers and solidarity with the people of India and Nepal on the occasion of Buddha Poornima on Monday.

A special prayer to express solidarity with the people of India and Nepal to mark the International Buddha Poornima Diwas 2015 will be organised here on this occasion, a release issued on Sunday said.

Buddha Poornima or ‘Vesak’ is recognised as the thrice sacred day that marks the birth, enlightenment and Mahaparinirvana of Lord Buddha. While Buddha was born in Lumbini in Nepal, he attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya in Bihar, preached first in Sarnath and attained Nirvana in Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, it said.

Thousands of people died in Nepal last week in the devastating earthquake o0f April 25. The quake affected various states of India too, killing many.