A Tibetan orchestra, playing a variety of outlandish instruments, spearheaded a most, moving and colourful reception to the Dalai Lama on his arrival at Siliguri railway station, West Bengal, Apl 19 aboard the special 13-coach "North- East Frontier" train.
GV Ext... Of Siliguri Station.
GV Station platform cordon.
CU Railway board "Siliguri Junction"
GV Crowd outside station.
CU Tibetan flags.
SV Row of sacred flags.
CU Pan down .. Sacred flags.
SV Prayer banner pleading for long lie for the Dalai Lama.
CU Two bowls with holy incense burning
SCU People holding burning joss sticks
LV Dalai Lama's train arrives at station.
LV Pan.. Dalai Lama and escort walk across platform.
SV Dalai Lama and party leave station
CU Pan.. Ditto.
SV Tibetan musicians
LV Dalai Lama waves and blesses crowd from rostrum.
SV Pan of crowd, silken scarves thrown ground.
LV Dalai Lama and party leave rostrum
SV Pan.. Ditto.
SV Dalai Lama's relatives and officers follow party
SCU Dalai Lama raises hands in greeting sign and waves to crowd,
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Background: A Tibetan orchestra, playing a variety of outlandish instruments, spearheaded a most, moving and colourful reception to the Dalai Lama on his arrival at Siliguri railway station, West Bengal, Apl 19 aboard the special 13-coach "North- East Frontier" train.
It was an occasion so tremendous that the normally impassive Tibetans displayed their emotions quite openly. One thousand colourfully dressed Tibetans, waving multi-coloured gyaltsen, religious and secular banners and streamers, were joined by more than four thousand Indians to great the 'living Buddha' as he stopped from the train at the end of the first 500-mile leg of the journey from Tezpur.
Second break in the Dalai Lama's journey into exile was sat the famous Buddhist pilgrim centre of Sarnath, near Benares, Apl 19 where Buddhist is amid to have preached his first sermon 2,500 years ago.
His next and final stop will be at Dehra Dun, whence he will drive 22 miles to his new home at Mussourie.
Speaking to the Indian Parliament Apl 20 Indian Premier Nehru warned followers of the Dalai Lama in India not to ferment trouble with Communist China. "The host country has the right to limit activities of foreigners if these create difficulties with other countries." He said the Dalai Lama was free to carry on legitimate religious activities, but declared, "Political activity must not be carried on from one country to another."