Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama will join the prominent rightist leaders in Haridwar during the ongoing Maha Kumbh mela to bless the landmark publication Encyclopedia of Hinduism, which took more than 15 years for compilation.
“His holiness Dalai Lama will visit Haridwar to participate in a series of programs being organized by Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh and Haridwar” Tenzin Taklha, joint secretary at the Dalai Lama’s private office told Hindustan Times. "He will attend the blessing ceremony to mark the launch of an encyclopedia on Hinduism" added Taklha. Dalai Lama will visit Haridwar and Rishikesh on April 3rd and 4th.
The Encyclopedia of Hinduism Project was started in 1987 jointly by Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Dr. KL Seshagiri Rao. Swami Chidanand Sarswati, President of the Parmarth Niketan formed a Trust - India Heritage Research Foundation in 1989 to sponsor the Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Dr. Rao was chosen as the editor in chief of the Encyclopedia project. The trust engaged more than 500 writers to create over 10,000 articles for the encyclopedia. Encyclopedia presents comprehensive overview of the total life experience of Hinduism, covering not only textual material and oral traditions, but also the wide spectrum of regional and global variations.
The Dalai Lama who is being living in exile for the past fifty years would share stage with the prominent rightist leaders including Rashtriya Syweman Sewak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat, Vishav Hindu Parishad (VHP) President, Ashok Singal and Bharatiya Janta Party leader former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chauhan and his Uttarakhand counterpart Ramesh Pokhriyal too will attend the ceremony. While leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Hema Malini and Nejma Heptullah, will also be present at the congregation of leaders at the special preview of the encyclopedia at Haridwar.
"There is nothing political about Dalai Lama attending the blessing ceremony since he is the spiritual leader", clarified Tenzin Taklha. Dalai Lama will visit Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh to participate in the Hindu rituals being organized by Swami Chidanand Sarswati Maharaj. Dalai Lama would make offerings at Yagna at the Parmarth Niketan and will also offer puran ahuti. Apart from Dalai Lama, prominent Hindu saints like Swami Ram Dev, Murari Bapu, Swami Avdeshnandjee. More than 50 prominent religious leaders are expected to participate in the two-day program being organized by IHRF.