Staff Reporter

10,000 Buddhists leave AmaravathiSpecial trains, buses arranged from TuesdayDistrict officials to stay two more days

AMARAVATHI: The Dalai Lama, who came here on January 4 to conduct the Kalachakra 2006 empowerment programme on request from the Busshokai Centre of Japan, will leave for New Delhi on Tuesday via Hyderabad.

The immersion of colourful sand mandala, which was the focal point of entire Kalachakra event during the 12 days, will be taken up formally on Tuesday morning before the Dalai Lama leaves for Hyderabad by helicopter. The Buddhist leader will take a flight from Hyderabad to New Delhi on Tuesday.

With the completion of Kalachakra prayers, about 10,000 people left for their respective destinations on Monday with the Road Transport Corporation running 200 special buses from Amaravathi to several destinations. While all the trains toward the north and Karnataka were full, about 20,000 people were likely to leave Amaravathi for various places in the country on Tuesday by special buses and trains. About another 10,000 were likely to leave on Wednesday. The administration also made a special mention of the efforts put in by the Rajiv Internet Village, Chiluvuru, in maintaining the International Media Centre, which was a great attraction in Amaravathi. The Collector appreciated the students of Jawahar Knowledge Centre of Siddhartha Engineering College, Vijayawada, for maintaining the network.