As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, 18 Lam Netens and representatives of the Central Monastic Body from Bhutan are on a two-week visit to India starting October 15. The visit is made at the invitation of the Embassy of India in Bhutan and the Ministry of External Affairs of India.
A press release from the foreign ministry states that the Lam Netens started their visit to Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. While in Bhopal, they visited the Sanchi Stupa. They will also visit several other sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites such as the Ajanta and Ellora Caves. They will also visit sacred Hindu Temples and other religious and cultural sites in different parts of India.
In Bhopal, the Ministry of External Affairs with the Government of Madhya Pradesh organised the ‘India-Bhutan Interaction on Buddhist Heritage’ at the Bharat Bhavan for the Lam Netens. Two representatives of the Central Monastic Body made presentations on the Sangha of Bhutan and the common Buddhist spiritual heritage between India and Bhutan.
The visit by the Lam Netens to India will strengthen the spiritual and cultural bonds and enhance people-to-people relations between India and Bhutan.