An ocean Of devotion

Governance Now - - ANALYSIS - Photo story by Arun Ku­mar

1. Ladakhi women dressed in their trousseaus, in­clud­ing tra­di­tional head­gear, parekh, em­bel­lished with pre­cious turquoise, join in the Dalai Lama’s prayer meet­ing.

2. Ladakhis of all age groups com­ing to seek the bless­ings of the Dalai Lama at Diskit. The vil­lage is lo­cated close to the world’s high­est bat­tle­field, Si­achen, and not too far from the ac­tual Line of Con­trol along China. PLA sol­diers are locked in a stand-off with In­dian sol­diers at Dok­lam near the Sikkim-ti­bet-bhutan tri­junc­tion.

3. A Ladakhi vil­lage woman in deep devotion at the prayer meet­ing.

4. The Dalai Lama blesses the peo­ple at Diskit. The Bud­dhist spir­i­tual leader cel­e­brated his 82nd birth­day on July 6 in Leh which has a size­able pop­u­la­tion of Bud­dhists, in­clud­ing Ti­betan refugees.

5. Two young La­mas on their way to the fes­ti­val and the prayer meet­ing.

The grey moun­tains re­ver­ber­ated with Bud­dhist chants as the Dalai Lama de­scended in Diskit in Nubra Val­ley, at an al­ti­tude of 3,144 m, dur­ing his month-long an­nual visit to Ladakh in July. A scene at the Dalai Lama-led prayer meet­ing at Diskit dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of a fes­ti­val at a lo­cal monastery

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