24 to 27, 2005: Gyalwa Karmapa in Uttar Pradesh, India
On July 2005, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Samaj Sudhar Samiti
invited His Holiness 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje
for installations of Lord Buddha's Statue at five Buddha Viharas
in Uttar Pradesh. According to invitation His Holiness visited
Agra, Etah and Kannauj Districts of Uttar Pradesh from November
24 to 27, 2005.
At all the Viharas His Holiness expressed happiness and thanked
the organizer for facilitating meeting the followers and devotees
of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. His Holiness advised that Buddha Dharma's
message of compassion and equality could overcome suffering
and ensure peace for all living beings.
November 24, 2005:
Inauguration of Buddha Vihara in Agra
His Holiness was received at Sikandra around 11 a.m. by the
organizers and taken to Agra in procession. About 20 Motor
Cycle riders carrying dharma flags led the procession followed
by Motor Cade. As he alighted from the car and proceed to the
Vihara there was shower of flower petals. His Holiness was
welcomed by Shri Anil Soni, General Secretary, Zila Panchayat,
Smt. Sonu Devi, Councilor City Corporation, area MLA/MLC, Sarpanch,
group of Bhikshus and a large number of devotees.
In the afternoon His Holiness was taken around the World Heritage
Taj Mahal by Shri Tiwari of the Archaeological Survey of India.
November 25, 2005:
Inauguration of Buddha Vihara in Narow
Jelisar, Etah District
The Chief Organizer
of the Ambedker Samita accompanied His Holiness at the Vihara
which was named "Karmapa Buddha
Vihara". Souring reception was accorded to His Holiness.
Among those present were District President BSP and General
Secretary of the Samiti.
Inauguration of Buddha Vihara in Sardi Meeva, Kannauj
Next itinerary was Vihara in Sardi Meeva village 62 km. away
from Etah in Kannauj district. His Holiness was reached there
in the afternoon and received by Shri Khushi Ram, Chairman
and other members of organizing committee, Shri TM Kumar and
Shri Pooram Mal of Smiti Headquarters from New Delhi. Group
of Bhikshu and a large number of devotees which includes persons
of other religions.
Inauguration of Buddha Vihara in Kewal Ka Nagla,
The last Vihara to be inaugurated was at village Kewal Ka
Nagla, close of the district headquarters of Etah. More than
5000 devotees waited there for welcoming His Holiness. Prominent
among the organizer were Smt. Mithilesh Kumar, Panchayat President,
General Secretary Talra Ahmed, Dr. Mahinder Singh, Shri Om
Prakesh Dalit, District President, BSP Shri S.R. Pushkar of
Buddhist Society of lndia, Municipal Chairman Girish Chandra