-Filed by ITCO-
New Delhi: Tibetan community in Delhi, Tibet Support Groups and People of Himalayan Region across India organised a Shradhanjali Sabha (Prayer Meeting) in honour of Former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Tuesday at NDMC Convention Centre, Sansad Marg, New Delhi.
More than 700 people including Tibetans, Indian Tibet Supporter, People of Himalayan region and Buddhist countries such as Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and others took part to pay their last respect to the departed soul.
Around 40 Tibetan monks from Dehradun Tibetan Settlement were invited to lead the prayer recitation during the program.
The program commenced with lighting of butter lamp and offering flowers to the portrait of Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji by the dignitaries, followed by recitation of Chants and Prayers by Buddhist monks from India, Tibet, Myanmar, Sri Lanka etc.
Dignitaries from different Buddhist countries grace and shared their words of tribute to Late Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The dignitaries present to offer their condolences include Shri Indresh Kumar, Chief Patron, BTSM; Tempa Tsering, Director, South East Asia Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Gyari Dolma, Former Kalon for Home; Dawa Phunkyi, Member, TPiE; Lama Chosphel Zotpa, President, HBCA; Shri Sumedhanand Thero, Mahabodhi Society of India, Delhi; Karma Dhargyal, Coordinator, ITCO; Shri Pankaj Goyal, National Gen. Secretary, BTSM; Shri Bhupinder Khansal; President, Himalaya Pariwar etc.
Director Tempa Tsering in his condolence speech stated that Shri Atal ji was a true statesman and a Leader who has been respected and admired from Political Leaders across the Political Parties in India. He even stated that Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on many occasion raised the issue of Tibet in and outside the Parliament since the late 1950’s. He is a true and steadfast supporter of the just cause of Tibet.
India Tibet Coordination Office based in New Delhi coordinated the Condolence/Prayer Meeting which was jointly organized by Tibetan Community in Delhi; Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, Himalayan Committee for action on Tibet; Himalaya Pariwar & Nepali Sanskriti Parishad.
The program concluded with offering of flowers and Khataks to the portrait of Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee by the public.