Thou­sands visit Hi­malayas for Bud­dhist fes­ti­val

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of monks, devo­tees and tourists have flocked to In­dia’s re­mote Ladakh re­gion for a rare Bud­dhist fes­ti­val dubbed the “Kumbh Mela of the Hi­malayas” to com­mem­o­rate the 1000th birth an­niver­sary of Bud­dhist saint Naropa. The In­dian saint and scholar is her­alded by fol­low­ers for start­ing a rich tra­di­tion of Bud­dhist phi­los­o­phy in the 11th cen­tury. The fes­ti­val is held only once ev­ery 12 years.

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