Dalai Lama also offers help by way of books to Buddhist centre
Kalachakra valedicotry conductedBreaking up of sand mandala and immersion to be held todayDistrict administration brings out souvenir on the occasion
AMARAVATHI: The Buddhist leader, Dalai Lama, has offered Rs.30 lakhs for the Dhyana Buddha project being constructed at Dharanikota in Guntur district and also offered help by way of books for setting up Buddhist learning centre here.
Speaking at the valedictory function of the Kalachakra ceremony held here on Monday, the Dalai Lama expressed happiness on the arrangements made by the Government for the successful conduct. He said that he was happy to conduct the empowerment ceremony at the place where Buddha Dhamma had flourished for many hundreds of years.
The 12-day religious event, which attracted Buddhists from different countries, ended on Monday, but the ceremonial breaking up of the sand mandala and immersion of the sand in the Krishna has been put off to Tuesday.
Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao said that Amaravathi was blessed with the 14-day stay of the Dalai Lama. He lauded the efforts of district officials who worked day and night for the success of the event. Finance Minister K. Rosaiah, who took blessings of the Buddhist leader by touching his feet, said Kalachakra was a historical event and it would find a place in the annals of history of Andhra Pradesh.
The administration came out with a souvenir to mark the occasion. District Collector G. Jayalakshmi presented a copy of the souvenir to all the dignitaries present on the main preaching site dais.
The district Collector and Superintendent of Police V.C. Sajjanar, Joint Collector Rahul Bojja, Kalachakra Special Officer Challa Vijaya Mohan, Officer on Special Duty Manish Kumar Sinha and a host of other officials were given commendation certificates for their efforts.
Tourism Minister J. Geetha Reddy and the Revenue Minister presented a momento to the Dalai Lama on behalf of the State Government. Ms. Reddy hoped that tourism on the Buddhist circuit would get a boost due to the media attention on Amaravathi during the past few weeks.