Reception at Bagdogra airport
Devotees of His Holiness greeted His arrival at the Bagdogra Airport with a huge reception in his honor. His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and Ven Khenpo Dhonyo Rinpoche received His Holiness with full traditional greetings. Besides representatives of various monasteries and associations, other eminent personages who extend ed a warm welcome to His Holiness included Mr. Namkha Gyaltsen ,former minister of Government of India and current chairman of the Ecclesiatical Department, state Government of Sikkim who also represented Mr. Pawan Chamling, the Chief Minister State Govt of Sikkim; Mr. Tsewang Tamdin, Addl. Secretary of the Ecclesiastical Department; Mrs. Tsering Dolma, Joint Secretary for Water Security and Public Health Engineering Department of Sikkim; Mrs. Tenzin Dolkar, Joint Secretary of the Police Department of Sikkim Government; Mr. Nar Bhadur Bandhari, the former Chief Minister of Sikkim and President of Regional Congress Party; Mr. Karma Topden, former MP and Ambassador to Mongolia; Lharipa Gaden, Vice President of Denjong Lhadey Tsokpa; and Mr. Sonam Damdul Member of Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies, CTA, Dharamshala.
From Bagdogra Airport, His Holiness enjoyed the bright sunny day during a very pleasant drive up to the Monastery, which passes through beautiful tea gardens and lush greenery.
|The public gathers for ceremonies with His Holiness Karmapa in Mirik at Bokar Monastery in October, 2005|