PREPARATIONS ARE in full swing for the four-day ‘Buddha Festival’ scheduled to be held in Sarnath from December 18.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will arrive in Varanasi on December 17 and deliver a philosophical discourse at Kalchak ground in Sarnath from December 19 to 21. The Dalai Lama will leave for Dharmashala on December 22.
The Dalai Lama will also address the faculty members and students of the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies on December 18 and release around half-a-dozen books.
A grand pandal is being erected at Kalchak ground with an investment of around Rs 7 lakh and housing capacity of around 60,000 devotees. Artists of Dharmshala are engaged in giving the final touch to the grand throne being prepared for the Dalai Lama with an investment of Rs 1.50 lakh.
Sources said that the pandal was being erected in an area of 5 acres under the supervision of Lama Sweya, chief of Maitraiya Foundation. Kalchak temple will be given the shape of stage from where the Dalai Lama would deliver the discourse.
A committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Registrar of Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies, Dr Lobsang Tenaji to manage the visit of Dalai Lama. Deputy Registrar, T Udupa, Pema Golpe, Dorje Siring, Lobsang Yarfel and Funchok Dorje are other members of the committee. Special arrangements are made for the proposed stay of the Dalai Lama in Tibetan Institute. Dalai Lama will deliver discourse on two books named ‘Bodhichitta Vivran’ by Acharya Nagarjun and another written in Tibetan language.