Dalai Lama to unveil 135-foot-tall Buddha statue in Sikkim

The Dalai Lama speaks on the opening day of India's Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur, India, on 24 January 2013.

The Dalai Lama speaks on the opening day of India's Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur, India, on 24 January 2013. File photo/AP/Deepak Sharma

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GANGTOK, Sikkim, 4 February 2013

Tibetan temporal head the Dalai Lama will inaugurate a 135-foot-tall statue of the Buddha at Ravangla in Sikkim on March 26.

The Dalai Lama will also open a Buddha Park being built here. Buddhist devotees from Southeast Asian countries have been flocking to Sikkim in recent years, after it has been added to the Buddhist tourist circuit.

Parts of the holy Buddha relics will be brought on this occasion from Southeast Asian countries, a state government official said.

Ravangla is a small tourist town in South Sikkim from where the mountain peaks of Kanchejunga, Pandim, Sinialchu, and Kabru are clearly visible.

Ravangla has a sizeable Tibetan community, and the Ralang Monastery of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism is located six km away from Ravangla.


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