Dalai Lama Temple In Dharamshala Closed For Public

Central Tibetan Administration bans public gatherings in  Tibetan monasteries, schools and elder care homes in India, Nepal and Bhutan

Dharamshala: In an official statement issued on Tuesday from the office of the Dalai Lama here, pilgrims and visitors were informed that the main Tibetan Temple (Tsuglhakhang), in Mecleodganj would be closed for the public.

The statement said,”In view of the Corolna Virus Covid 19 outbreak as well as a precautionary measures by various Indian government including the inposition of section 144 by Kangra  district administration, the main Tibetan Temple (Tsuglhakhang) will be closed from tomorrow until April 15 subject to further notice.”

The other major Tibetan Temple situated in Karmapa Lama Monastery near  Sidhwari in Dharamshala was already closed.

McLeodGanj Tsuglagkhang Temple

Tenzin Jigme & Tenzin Paljor, Press Officers, Department of Information & International Relation told PTI , “as far as I know, few monasteries are closed till date . Regarding the closing of Tibetan Monasteries all over India, it depends on the administration of Monastery and we have no rights to interfere in their decision making.”

He added that in response to the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic, the Central Tibetan Administration issued new guidelines, calling on Tibetan monasteries, schools and elder care homes in India, Nepal and Bhutan to cancel public gatherings for one month.

The guidelines also call on all boarding and day schools to be closed for a minimum of one month; Elderly care homes to restrict all outside visitors except for the staffs and nurses; All the staff members of the Central Tibetan Administration, both at the centre as well as at the regional level, to postpone all official visits and to refrain from holding any meetings, training programs and workshops for one month among others.

The guidelines are to be implemented for a minimum of one month while at the same time following the guidelines issued by the respective state governments.

Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI. In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.

1 Comment

  • j”ai hate de pouvoir rentrer au pays ;j”espere que mes chers lamas pourront tenir le coup; votre bouddha d”or en ligne . ayons une pensee l”un pour l”autre et suivons par ce biais les differents enseignements.paix et compassion à tous les lamas. UNE PENSEE PLUS PERSONNELLE POUR LE PANCHEN LAMA GEDHUN CHOEKI

    Google Translation as:

    I look forward to being able to return home, I hope that my dear lamas will be able to hold out; your golden Buddha online. let us have a thought for each other and follow the different teachings in this way. peace and compassion to all lamas. A MORE PERSONAL THOUGHT FOR THE LAMA GEDHUN CHOEKI PANCHEN

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