GAYA: Prayers for world peace marked the beginning of the nine-day 32nd Nyingma Monlam Chenmo Puja, an annual event of the Nyingma lineage Buddhists.
The event, organized by Nyingma Monlam Chenmo International Foundation under the sacred Bodhi Tree on the Mahabodhi Mahavihara campus, Bodh Gaya, would conclude on January 23. Around 100 monks of Nyingma lineage and the Tibetan Buddhists are participating in the event. Normally, around 10,000 monks and the devotees attended the event. But owing to the Covid-19 guideline restrictions, the number of participants has been restricted this year.
During the tourist season in Bodh Gaya (from November to February), annual events like Kagyu Monlam Chenmo, Tripitaka chanting ceremony, water land puja and others are organized every year on the Mahabodhi Mahavihara campus. But these events have been postponed this year due to the pandemic.
“Due to this, the stakeholders of tourism industry have been badly affected and they are facing acute financial crisis,” Bodh Gaya Travel Association president Suresh Singh said.