Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today offered a white scarf and flowers at a more than 100-year-old idol of Lord Buddha here.
The Dalai Lama, who was here to participate in a three -day international seminar on 'Buddhism Heritage in Gujarat', visited the Jubilee Garden, the site of the idol in meditative posture in the heart of the city. He later left for Mumbai.
Yogesh Patel, Parliamentary Secretary to Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Mayor Balkrishna Shukla, Municipal Commissioner Manoj Kumar Das besides a large number of people and officials were present on the occasion.
Talking to PTI, Mayor Shukla said "Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwar III (erstwhile Baroda ruler) had brought the statue from Japan in 1907 and built the Jubilee Garden, where it was kept for public to spreadBuddha's teachings."
"The essence of Buddha's teachings is growing in the present era."
The local art galleries have several miniature and Buddha idols brought from Myanmar, Japan, China and Nepal, among other countries, Shukla said. "Vadodara is truly a repository of glorious heritage linked to Buddhist legend."
The seminar began yesterday at Maharaj Sayajirao University in the presence of the Dalai Lama and varsity Vice- Chancellor Ramesh K Goyal.