A four-day long peace puja, organized by Beldangi-I camp management committee in collaboration with various religious groups, concluded Sunday amidst a grand closing ceremony.
The event with a theme – all regions for peace in the world – gathered over 10,000 people from camps and various places of Nepal and India, Camp Secretary TB Gurung informed Bhutan News Service.
The inauguration marked a religious rally of various groups followed by speeches from delegates and guests in the mass gathering.
Leaders from political parties, human rights organizations, Camp Supervisors from Refugee Coordination United, officials from District Administration Office and security heads, among others were present during the inauguration program.
Meanwhile, Jeetan Subba of Punya Foundation briefed guests and audience on the foundation’s objectives and programs.
During the event, Drukpa Rimpoche, the third incarnation of Guru Rimpoche, preached sacred verses and offered butter lamp in the name of all known and unknown Bhutanese martyrs.
Chairman of Bhutanese Refugee Representative Repatriation Committee (BRRC), Dr. Bhampa Rai, formally inaugurated the four-day long Buddhist function by lighting a candle in the name of all martyrs.
Various guests, some of the martyr’s family members, pancha kanyas, school teachers, students and general people lighted 1008 butter lamps to express respect to martyrs, Gurung said.
“Despite mass drive to resettlement countries, we were surprised to see such a large folk of people during the event,” Gurung said.
According to Gurung, such a large number of visitors was only possible due the presence of the reincarnated lama during the program.
Lok Mahara reported for BNS from Beldangi-I