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Arunachal Golden Pagoda dedicated to pilgrims
Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Feb 24 – The three dedication ceremonies of the newly-built majestic Golden Pagoda (Buddist Temple) – known as ‘Poi Lu Kongmu Kham’ in Tai-Khampti dialect concluded today with thousands of devotees of Lord Buddha from various parts of the country and abroad attending the religious ceremony.

Apart from around 200 monks who had come from the country and abroad from Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, etc., a lot of enthusiasm was witnessed among the local people who made a beeline to the venue situated at Tengapani in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh, according to a press release.

Thailand’s Ambassador to India, Krit Kraichitti along with his wife and a cultural and business delegation also attended the ceremony which was organised by Arunachal Pradesh PHE and Water Supply Minister Chowna Mein and his family. It may be mentioned that the Minister who had been representing Mahadevpur Assembly constituency since 1995 had spent a sum of around Rs 3 crore to build the Golden Pagoda and the complex in a three hectare plot provided by the State Government. Mein’s wife Sati Mein is also an MLA from Namsai constituency.

Addressing the huge gathering of monks, devotees and general public on the second day of the programme, Kraichitti said that the coming up of the Pagoda in such an interior place will extend India’s socio-cultural relationship with Thailand. He released a souvenir published on the occasion and also unveiled a Tai calendar during the ceremony.

Mein expressed his gratitude to Kraichitti and his entourage for visiting the place. Mein also expressed hope that now both the countries could further bolster ties in fields like tourism, cultural exchange, literature, etc.

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