3rd World Peace Pooja 2020 successfully held

February 05, 2020

The 3rd World Peace Pooja was concluded on 5th February 2020 at the International Mountain Museum, Pokhara to pray for world peace and welfare of the entire humanity, and to commemorate the deaths of mountaineers and trekkers. The first peace puja was held in 2059 and the second in 2072 at the International Mountain Museum premises. The three day World Peace Pooja was initiated by the peace lamp brought from Lumbini- the birthplace of Gautam Buddha to Syakpa Monastery in Hemja by the coordinator of the 3rd World Peace Pooja, Mr Hari Dhwoj Tulachan. The lamp was handed over to the coordinator by a high ranking Buddhist guru in Lumbini.  The Peace Lamp was then handed over to the Chief Minister of Gandaki Province Honorable AMik Sherchan who led the rally ending at the International Mountain Museum, Pokhara on 4th of February 2020. The rally was attended by government dignitaries, monks from different Buddhist Monasteries and Associations, followers of Buddhism from mountain region, tourism professionals, general public, community women groups, and visiting foreign tourists. 

The Peace Pooja was also organized for the consideration of the the ongoing Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign. Tourism Professionals from pokhara also attended the program including heads of Pokhara Tourism Council, Pokhara Tourism Board, VITOF, GTEAN, amongst others. The main objective being reinstating the peace in the entire world alongside spreading religious harmony, promoting religious tourism, declaring Lumbini as a peace city as per the International Buddhist Conference. 

The rally concluded by remarks by dignitaries,Honorable Amik Sherchan Chief Minister of Gandaki Province,Director of Department of Tourism, Ms. Mira Acharya, President of Pokhara Tourism Council, Mr. Chiranjivi Pokhrel. The 3rd World Peace Peace Pooja started off by recitation of slokas by brahmins followed by Buddhist Religious books by the Monks. The pooja was witnessed by various religious devotees from around the area, women groups amongst others. The Pooja was carried throughout the day with various religious ceremonies as per the buddhist culture. Cham Nach was distinct amongst others which included dance and skit performances by the monks. 

The third day of the Pooja 5th February 2020 also aligned with the 17th Anniversary of the establishment of the International Mountain Museum. The chief guest of the program Honorable Puspa Kamal Dahal,former prime minister of Nepal and the president of Communist Party of Nepal hoisted the flag of the International Mountain Museum and also took a tour of the museum. The 17th Annual Day of the International Mountain Museum, Pokhara was also commemorated by cutting a cake by Honorable Puspa Kamal Dahal. Speaking at the ceremony Honorable Puspa Kamal Dahal appreciated the International Mountain Museum grandeur and its importance for the tourism and educational advantages. He also added that the museum benefits anyone who wants to learn about mountain tradition, culture, topography and geography. He also committed in supporting the International Mountain Museum in any possible ways from his side. 

On the same day a panel discussion on Importance of Religious Tourism in Nepal Chaired by Dr. Ganesh Gurung and facilitated by General Secretary of NMA, Mr. Kul Bahadur Gurung was held in the International Mountain Museum’s conference hall. Insightful and delightful presentations were delivered by Mr. Narayan Adhikari, Mr. Tirtha Shrestha, Shreekant Khatiwada followed by floor discussion from the huge audience present at the hall. 

The peace pooja was concluded by the blessings from the Rinpochhe Vidhyadhar Mahayogi Shridhar Rana Rinpoche (Ratnashree). Around 10000 devotees from near and distant locations visited to receive blessings from the Rinpoche.


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