Buddhist festival begins today

BODH GAYA, JAN. 20. The township of Bodh Gaya is draped in maroon, the colour of the monks' attire, announcing the commencement of the nine-day long Kalchakra Tantra initiation tomorrow striving for peace across the globe.

The Dalai Lama will be here to perform the rituals. This would be the 27th initiation to be rendered by the spiritual leader from Tibet. One of the significant aspects of the current event is that the 14th Dalai Lama will be seen with the 17th Karmapa.

Over 1,200 lamas have arrived here to perform the puja which starts with the preliminary teachings to the masses in preparation for the final stage of teachings by the Dalai Lama on January 24. However, the main course would be initiated from January 26 to January 29. A massive tent has been installed close to the Mahabodhi temple premises. The Bihar Government is holding a Buddha Mahotsava to coincide with the Kalachakra.

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