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Three-day festivities at Bylakuppe

SPECIAL ATTRACTION: The golden temple at Bylakuppe will be a major draw among visitors during the birthday celebrations of the Dalai Lama. — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

SPECIAL ATTRACTION: The golden temple at Bylakuppe will be a major draw among visitors during the birthday celebrations of the Dalai Lama. — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM  

Special Correspondent

MYSORE: The Tibetan settlements at Bylakuppe will be awash with colour for three days from Wednesday as the community is joining hands to celebrate the 70th birthday of the XIV Dalai Lama with a lavish display of their culture.

The three-day event will be marked by an official function at the Dalai Lama's Palace followed by a tree plantation drive and a Tibetan opera performance. On Thursday, people will get to see a glimpse of Tibetan Buddhism traditions as over 800 monks, clad in their traditional robes and hailing from different sects of the religion, will recite the Kadgyur scripture, which is reckoned to be a commentary by the Buddha, for world peace and long life of the Dalai Lama.

This will be followed by a free Tibetan medication workshop for a week in the neighbouring villages and towns. A football tournament will also be organised as the sport holds a special place among members of the community. The grand finale of the three-day event will feature the offering of over 3,000 butter lamps and Sangsoel — the burning of incense sticks — invoking the deities and prayers for the Dalai Lama.

However, a slice of Tibetan culture can be savoured in Mysore as well, as the Tibetan Youth Congress from Gurupura near Hunsur will stage a traditional Tibetan cultural show. The event will feature the unique Snow Lion and Black Hat dance at Kalamandira on Wednesday. There will also be a performance of various Indian classical dances. The programme is open to all.

The cultural events are part of celebrations planned by Tibetans across the globe. Programmes will be held in different countries throughout the year through a series of programmes, tree-planting drives, prayers for world peace, giving alms to the old and disabled, freeing birds, and releasing fish.

The Office of the Representative of the Lugsung Samdupling and Dickey Larsoe Tibetan Settlement at Bylakuppe said the Tibetan community would like to express their gratitude to the Dalai Lama.

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