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70 lakh building, 3.5 lakh chair for Dalai Lama

india Updated: May 20, 2010 18:40 IST
Amir Karim Tantray
Amir Karim Tantray
Hindustan Times

A building has been constructed at Padder, area of district Kishtwar especially for Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, where he will stay for one day during his visit to the area on June 5.

It has taken fifteen years to Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Society (HBCS) to build and furnish this four-storey building at a cost of around Rs. 70 lakh for Dalai Lama, who will stay in this building only for one day.

"In this building two rooms have been especially designed for Dalai Lama only and the rest of the building will be used by his close companions who are going to accompany him from Dharamshala," said HBCS President Jigmit Narbo.

Around and inside the building Z+ security cover will be put in place when Dalai Lama will visit their so that nothing wrong should happen to the Tibetan spiritual leader.

From past fifteen years HBCS has been consistently approaching Dalai Lama to visit Padder to address the congregation of Buddhist population and since then HBCS has been working on this building.

Not only this building has been constructed especially for Dalai Lama but a chair which costs Rs. 3.5 lakh was especially designed on order at Ladakh and will be put in place for the spiritual leader at Padder.

Jigmit said, "The chair was epically designed at Ladakh and it cost us Rs 3.5 lakh. Dalai Lama will address the congregation while sitting on this chair only."

After Dalai Lama will depart from Padder on June 6, the chair will be put inside the building and people will be allowed to pay obeisance to the chair.

Padder is the only place in Jammu region where Buddhist population lives. Near about 7000 Buddhist people lives there and perform religious activities with ease. It is for the first time that Dalai Lama will be visiting the area and will there for one day. The area as been peaceful throughout these two decades of turmoil in the state.

During his stay, Dalai Lama is supposed to address a congregation of 25000 people which will be comprised of locals and people coming from Ladakh and Dharamshala. Even local Hindu and Muslim population are also eagerly waiting to get a look of Dalai Lama.