Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB)-the Apex bank of Nepal has circulated a new banknote of Rs 100 denomination featuring Lumbini-the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The new note would be accessible from the Dashain.
According to the report of NRB, “The note has a picture of the Ashoka Pillar, displaying the portrait of Mayadevi, Gautam Buddha’s mother in silver metallic on the front along with a message on the front side that Buddha was born in Lumbini. Moreover, the note will portray Nepal’s map in the backdrop replacing the images of Mt Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse and will replace an image of Nyatapola Temple of Bhaktapur with the Ashok Pillar of Lumbini. The note will also have a black dot which would help the blind recognize the note.”
Bhaskar Mani Gyanwali, a spokesperson of NRB said, “We have already released the banknotes with the new design from September 5. The name of the central 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.”
“Lumbini has been enlisted as World Heritage site and the bank thought the holy place needs to be published through currency as well,” added Gyanwali.
The new note is being issued following a cabinet decision Aug 27.