King opens exhibition

Himalayan News Service

Lalitpur, June 9:

King Gyanendra inaugurated the Second Lalit Buddhist Art Exhibition at Accheswor Mahavihar, Pulchowk, today. The exhibition which will continue till June 13, is being organised by the Bouddha Vihar Sangh to mark its 29th anniversary. King Gyanendra and Queen Komal also graced the worship of Buddha and Tara. The Bouddha Vihar Sangh presented a six-feet-tall statue of the Buddha to the King. Delivering the inaugural speech, minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and chairman of the Sangh, Buddhi Raj Bajracharya, said: “Peace and prosperity would prevail in Nepal if we seriously followed the path shown by Lord Buddha.” Over 400 works of art, including thanka paintaings, busts, and idols, have been showcased at the exhibition. A 23-feet chaitya, a 16-feet statue of Avalokiteswore and a six-feet idol of Shakya Muni Buddha, made of fibre glass, are some of the major attractions of the exhibition.