Tibetan organisations begin mass prayers, march to reach Rangpo

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Gangtok, Mar 23 (UNI) Six Tibetan organisations in Sikkim have started three week-long mass prayers for the members who were victims of the Chinese crackdown on Tibetan uprising in the Tibet autonomous region of China since the renewed rebellion began recently.

The prayers being conducted at the Drophenling monastery in Chandmari which started on Thursday and will continue till March 26 will be followed by similar prayers at the Guru Kubum Lakhang monastery at Deorali here from March 27. The six Tibetan organisations in the state who have come together to organise these mass prayers for the departed members as well as pray for the speedy recovery of the injured and immediate release of those who are in prisons include The Tibetan Freedom movement, Tibetan Youth Club, Tibetan Women's Association, U-Tsang association, Do-Toe association and the Do-Mey association.

The joint association which has been named as Six Tibetan Associations mention that the main prayers will be the recitation of Mane Mantras and Tara or Dolma pujas continuously throughout the day and night till April 9. The Organisers are also soliciting moral support from all, the organisers said.

They mention that the prayers had become important since in the wake of the Chinese atrocities on the peaceful protestors in various regions of Tibet hundreds of inncocent and peace loving Tibetans including monks, women and children were 'mercilessly' killed and thousands were injured not to mention the countless number of Tibetans arrested and imprisoned.

Since Tibetans throughout the world were organising peaceful activities to express their solidarity with fellow Tibetans in Tibet and therefore, this was one way of showing their solidarity as and for those who died in the country, a executive member of the association has said.

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