Drone Cameras to be deployed for 34th Kalachakra Puja to be held in January 2017

The 34th  Kalachakra initiations would be held from 3 – 13 January 2017.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has already announced at the Tashi Lhunpo monastery earlier this year that he will hold the  Kalachakra initiations in January 2017.

Drone cameras would be deployed during Kalachakra  Puja, the most sacred event of Buddhist religious calendar. The 10-day long event to be conducted by Dalai Lama, the revered Buddhist spiritual leader, is scheduled to begin on January 3, 2017. Sources said preparations for the mega event have begun.

The event, earlier scheduled for January 2016, was abruptly cancelled without citing any valid reason.

The abrupt cancellation had caused huge loss to Bodh Gaya businessmen, particularly hoteliers, who, in anticipation of good business took loans from commercial banks for expansion and capacity addition purposes.

The decision to deploy drone cameras for aerial surveillance was recently taken in a meet convened by the district magistrate (DM), Kumar Ravi, to review the administrative preparations for the event in which more than 2 lakh pilgrims including a large number of foreigners are likely to participate.

International celebrities too are eager to participate in Kalachakra pujas held in Bodh Gaya. Besides drone cameras, over 100 CCTV cameras would be installed in Bodh Gaya to keep a vigil.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and fire tenders would also be deployed in adequate numbers to meet any eventuality. This would be the first mega event after July 2013 serial blasts inside the Buddha shrine and elsewhere in the holy city.
Kalchakra 2017 would be the fifth event of its kind. Dalai Lama earlier conducted Kalachakra rituals in the years 1974, 1985, 2003 and 2010. A few weeks back Puja organisers met Gaya DM to discuss the organising committee’s expectations from government agencies.

 Those who met the DM included Chorkyong Wangchuk and Rev Tenzin. Whereas Wangchuk is the health minister of the Tibetan government in exile, Rev Tenzin is the additional secretary of the department of religious and cultural affairs. The Tibetan government in exile functions from Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh).

Dalai Lama dismantling the Kalachakra mandala as part of the ritual.

Security is said to be the main concern of the organisers as foreigners, particular the Americans and Europeans are very sensitive about security.A large number of participants from several European countries including UK, France and Germany and USA are likely to participate in the event.

 Kalachakra Puja organisers have also sought permission from Magadh University (MU) VC Prof Md Ishtiaq for putting up special tents and cottages to accommodate Puja participants on the sprawling MU campus as the existing capacity of Bodh Gaya hotels and guest houses was not enough to house the large number of visitors.
Source : TOI



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