Works on Buddhist Assembly Hall completed, to be opened on Jan 7

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Bangalore, Nov 30 (UNI) Drepung Loseling Monastic Institute, seat of advance Buddhist studies and intense practices, has completed a Rs ten-crore Assembly Hall project for the monk students at Tibetan Colony in Mundgod in Northern Karnataka.

Chairman of the Opening Ceremony Organising Committee T G Rinpoche told newspersons here today that the Assembly Hall, built in 'Nalanda' architectural style, would be opened on January 7 with dignitaries from world-wide taking part in the ceremony.

The new Assembly Hall with a capacity to house more than 3,000 monks for conducting prayers and other religious studies, would be opened by Tibet Spiritual and temporal leader Dalai Lama, he said.

The Institute's dream project was taken up in 2003, following the over congestion after the accelerated flow of fresh monks from across the globe for religious studies to the Colony, which was set up at Mundgod in Uttara Kannada district in 1959.

''This great Prayer Hall has the undisputed unique distinction of being the largest and the grandest Buddhist congregation hall in the whole world,'' he said.

''As it is in a completion stage, in accordance of Buddhist tradition, the Institution has invited qualified monks from Tantric monasteries to perform the purification rituals before its formal inauguration,'' he said.

UNI

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