• Short Summary

    ELABORATE BUDDHIST RITUAL MARKED THE FUNERAL ON FRIDAY (DEC 27) OF MAHARAJAH SIR TASHI NAMGYAL, 70-YEAR-OLD RULER OF SIKKIM -- THE SMALL INDIAN PROTECTORATE LOCKED IN THE HIMALAYAS ON THE BORDER OF TIBET.

  • Description

    ELABORATE BUDDHIST RITUAL MARKED THE FUNERAL ON FRIDAY (DEC 27) OF MAHARAJAH SIR TASHI NAMGYAL, 70-YEAR-OLD RULER OF SIKKIM -- THE SMALL INDIAN PROTECTORATE LOCKED IN THE HIMALAYAS ON THE BORDER OF TIBET. THE FUNERAL CEREMONIES, HELD IN GANGTOK THE CAPITAL, BEGAN WITH LOCAL DIGNITARIES PRESENTING SCARVES AS A SIGN OF RESPECT.

    TAKEN FROM THE ROYAL PALACE, THE MAHARAJAH'S COFFIN WAS CARRIED IN PROCESSION TO THE TRADITIONAL GROUNDS FOR CREMATION, FIVE MILES (8 KM) OUTSIDE THE CITY. THE LONG PROCESSION, HEADED BY A LAMA BAND, MADE ITS WAY SLOWLY ALONG A ROUTE CROWDED BY THOUSANDS WHO HAD TRAVELLED INTO THE CAPITAL TO PAY THEIR LAST RESPECTS.

    AS A SIGN OF THE ESTEEM IN WHICH THE MAHARAJAH WAS HELD, SIKKIM OFFICIALS ESTIMATED THAT NEARLY HALF OF THE POPULATION -- SOME 80,000 -- WERE PRESENT AT THE FUNERAL. AMONG THE MANY WREATHS WAS ONE FROM PRESIDENT RADHAKRISHNAN OF INDIA, WHILE AN INDIAN ARMY CONTINGENT MARCHED IN FRONT OF THE COFFIN. AT THE CREMATION GROUNDS, BUDDHIST PRIESTS PREPARED THE STUPA -- A LARGE BRICK STRUCTURE CONTAINING THE FUNERAL PYRE.

    THE NEW MAHARANI IS THE FORMER AMERICAN DEBUTANTE HOPE COOKE, WHO LAST MARCH MARRIED CROWN PRINCE NAMGYAL. HIS CORONATION AS MAHARAJAH WILL, ACCORDING TO CUSTOM, TAKE PLACE AFTER A YEAR'S MOURNING ON A DATE THAT WILL BE CALCULATED BY THE COURT ASTROLOGERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABFMNMKF4G76WP6OJMYJ196JIE
    Media URN:
    VLVABFMNMKF4G76WP6OJMYJ196JIE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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