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Bihar CM in Dharamsala to meet the Dalai Lama

February 9, 2010

Phayul
February 08, 2010

Dharamsala, Feb. 8 -- Bihar Chief minister Nitish
Kumar is in Dharamsala to meet with the Tibetan
leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The CM of the
Indian state where several holy sites for
Buddhists are situated will have a private audience with Tibetan leader Monday.

According to the Times of India, the CM is
expected to formally invite the Tibetan leader to
inaugurate and bless the Buddha Memorial Park in
the state’s capital Patna that is expected to be complete by May this year.

The huge park with meditation hall is being built
close to Patna railway station to mark the 2550th
year of Mahaparinirvana of Lord Buddha. The state
government has spent Rs 125 crore on the project.

The CM flew from Delhi to Dharamshala after
attending the Chief Ministers' conference on internal security on Sunday.

The exact dates for the visit and inauguration is
expected to be discussed between the CM and His
Holiness. Nitish is expected to seek the advice
of His Holiness about displaying holy relics of
Lord Buddha in the park. The relics are currently
preserved at Patna Museum since its discovery 60
years ago during excavations in Vaishali.

"The Buddhists and tourists have reason to visit
Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Nalanda and Vaishali, but
there is nothing to attract them to Patna. It had
been planned to keep the relics in the park for
display in a bid to attract the tourists," sources have told the Times of India
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