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July 06, 2014 18:17 IST

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On the occasion of his 79th birthday, His Holiness Dalai Lama addressed lakhs of Buddhist devotees at Leh as the 33rd Kalachakra ceremonies reached its third day on Sunday.

The Kalachakra (wheel of time) ceremony, initiated by Dalai Lama, is held for world peace and for the smooth flourishing of Tibetan Buddhism. The ceremony began on July 3 and will conclude on July 12.

It is after a gap of 38 years that the Dalai Lama is holding the Kalachakra ceremony in Leh.

“During the first three days, the Dalai Lama, along with the monks of Namgyal Monastery and senior lamas, conducted rituals that prepared to consecrate the venue at Choglamsar in Leh,” IANS reported.

From July 6 to 8, the spiritual leader will give teachings. The kalachakra ritual dance will be performed by Namgyal Monastery monks on July 9 and the Dalai Lama will confer the kalachakra initiation from July 10 to 12, the report added.

Rediff.com’s Reuben N V, who is attending the revered event in one of world’s most picturesque venues, sends us these fascinating photographs.

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Image: His Holiness Dalai Lama addresses the gathering on his 79th birthday at ongoing 33rd Kalachakra ceremony in Leh, on Sunday
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Ladakhi women in traditional attire attend the 33rd Kalachakra ceremony in Leh on Sunday.

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Hollywood actor and Buddhist devotee Richard Gere addresses the crowd, seen at the Kalachakra on a giant digital screen.

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Foreign tourists seen carrying their mats and refreshments at the Kalachakra venue.

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A sea of umbrellas at the Kalachakra venue in Leh.

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A security personal takes a video of the huge crowd that has gathered to attend the revered ceremony.

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Another tourist with her child at the Kalachakra ceremony in Leh.

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Little lamas taking a break during the Kalachakra ceremony in Leh on Sunday.

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Tourists from Brazil wave their national flag at the Kalachakra ceremony in Ladakh on Sunday.

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A woman devotee prays with currency in her hands at the 33rd Kalachakra in Leh.

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A young volunteer assists an elderly couple at the ongoing 33rd Kalachakra ceremony in Leh, on Sunday.


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