Panchen Lama visits Shangahi expo, skips Indian pavilion
The 11th Panchen Lama, projected by China as a successor to Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, took a tour of the Shanghai Expo but skipped the Buddhist style Indian pavilion.world Updated: May 29, 2010 20:35 IST
The 11th Panchen Lama, projected by China as a successor to Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, took a tour of the Shanghai Expo but skipped the Buddhist style Indian pavilion which was all decked up to receive President Pratibha Patil.
The 20-year-old monk went round the Chinese, Taiwanese, British and Japanese pavilions on Friday.
At the Taiwanese pavilion, he lit a lamp and prayed for the Chinese people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
He also visited the Tibet pavilion but did not the visit any of the South Asian pavilions, specially the Sri Lankan and Indian pavilions which were built in Buddhist style.
While the Sri Lankan pavilion has a Buddhist temple, the Indian pavilion built with bamboos resembles Sanchi Stoopa, the famous Buddhist monument in Madhya Pradesh built by Emperor Ashoka.
The shape of the pavilion highlighting the theme of green technology to match with the expo's main theme better city better pavilion attracted huge crowds, specially the Chinese.
Panchen Lama's visits to various pavilions figured prominently in the state-run media including television.
Patil arrived in Shanghai on Saturday on the last leg of her six day visit to China. She is due to visit the Indian pavilion tomorrow.
The young Tibetan Lama whose original name was Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu was in the lime light since early this year after THE Chinese government made him the member of the influential Chinese legislative advisory body the People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
He also played a prominent role in conducting prayers at Dalai Lama's native Qinghai province after an earth quake hit the area killing 2,000 people.