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High security for Dalai Lama’s visit to Bodh Gaya


Patna : High security arrangements were put in place for the visit of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to Bodh Gaya in Bihar where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.

The Dalai Lama will spend a week in Bodh Gaya, starting Jan 4. He will pray at the Mahabodhi temple, said Tenzing Lama of the Tibetan monastery at Bodh Gaya.

“A fool proof security will be in place for Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s visit to Bodh Gaya as he faces serious threat to his life,” an official said Sunday.

Tenzing Lama said Dalai Lama will give a five-day programme of teachings at Bodh Gaya from Jan 5-9.

“Over 50,000 people from all over the world are expected to assemble at Bodh Gaya’s Kalchakra Maidan to hear a discourse by the Dalai Lama,” he said.

Thousands of Tibetans have already arrived in Bodh Gaya from all across India to attend Dalai Lama’s meeting. A local police officer said Bodh Gaya has turned into a mini-Tibet with the huge gathering of Tibetans.

The 1,500-years-old holiest Buddhist shrine Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya, 110 km from here, is where the Buddha attained enlightenment 2,550 years ago.