2013 Senior Citizen Pilgrimage to Bodhgaya or Dorjidhen
The 6th annual event was observed to celebrate the coronation of our fifth king Jigme Khesar Namgay Wangchuk in 2008 and to commemorate the dedicated services rendered by our monarchs for the past 100 years.
Commencing from November 26, 2013, eight senior citizens were given an opportunity to visit the holy site Bodhgaya in India. (Bodhagaya, also known as “Dorjidhen” was a place discovered by the Buddha based on compassion, reason and universal truths, shorn of rituals and superstition.)
The team which was escorted by two officers from Tarayana Foundation offered butter lamps in various holy sites like Sone Bhandar Caves, Gridhakuta Hill, Ancient Chariot Tracks, Hot Springs, Nalanda University, Pragbodhi Caves (Dungeshwari Hills), The 80-foot (25-meter) Buddha Statue, Sarnath, Thai Monastery, Japanese Temple, Karampa Monastery and Zhabdrung Lhakhang.
With fulfilled dream in their life time, the team safely landed to the home land on December 7, 2013. To some pilgrims, it seems like returning from a heavenly abode while some returned with some emotions on leaving the holy site where Bhuddha once got enlightened.
I on behalf of Tarayana Foundation would like to acknowledge Lam, Lopens and friends from the Royal Bhutanese Monastery at Bodhgaya for the support and hospitality during our stay, all our donors and well wishers for making this pilgrimage one of the most memorable and successful one.