Visnews filmed May 13 in Mussooris as some 600 guests - closely watched by Indian security police - arrived at Birla House for an audience with the Dalai Lama.
Visnews filmed May 13 in Mussooris as some 600 guests - closely watched by Indian security police - arrived at Birla House for an audience with the Dalai Lama. One Tibetan carried his old mother or his back to the Tibetan God-King.
Among the guests who entered Birla House were Tibetans, Indians and travellers from other Asian countries. Local Tibetans, carrying fruit flowers scarves and burning incense led the colourful. Procession which filed past the God-King who was seated in a saffron-coloured chair placed on a three-feet high dais.
Explaining they were acting on the Dalai Lema's personal instructions the security guards did not allow reporters and cameramen inside Birla House to cover the audience. Burly security guards, operating from a tent just outside the Dalai Lama's residence, saw to it that this order was followed to the letter. Stopping any attempts by the Press to obtain pictures taken by those who were received in audience the guards made everyone of the guests who carried a camera leave it at the gate. They also relieved guests of walking sticks and other potential weapons.
As a result of growing pressure from people who travelled for many days to see the Dalai Lama the Indian authorities - after consulting the God-King - decided to arrange weekly audiences at Birla House. The first one - with only 75 guests - was held on May 7. At the second one a huge crowd gathered in the Happy Valley early in the morning, where they were lined up by officials. Some 600 were allowed to enter the house. One of the guests, describing the 35-minute ceremony said tears rolled down the faces of Tibetan woman as they touched the feet of their spiritual leader and received his blessing.
More visitors seeking audience arrive almost daily in Mussoorie. Tibetans from Himalayan districts travel in groups from their mountain homes to see their leader.