Nepal 13 February: Pokhara Shanti Stupa - Pokhara
Peace Run begins in Pokhara
The start of the Peace Run in Pokhara began at the Shanti Stupa – Peace Pagoda on top of Ananda Hill 1100 metres high.
Walking up to the Stupa early in the morning on Shivaratri, a very important and auspicious festival in Nepal, we heard the distant chanting of this festival.
Krishna opened the ceremony near the Peace Pagoda, explaining to all the invited guests about the Peace Run.
Mr Tej Bahadur Gurung – President of Nepal Handball Association, President of Rotary Club Pokhara and Director of Cosmos International College was instrumental in organising this event and the many events to follow in Pokhara.
Mr Gurung spoke of his long-standing knowledge and gratitude to Sri Chinmoy – the founder of the Peace Run, for the work that Sri Chinmoy has done. And on behalf of not only the people of Pokhara but also all the people of Nepal he offered his gratitude to the Peace Run for coming to Nepal.
The whole Peace Run team lead by Sweta our amazing Nepal coordinator took a silent and soulful walk around the Shanti Stupa
There is a Buddha statue facing each direction. Each Buddha was donated by a different country, Nepal, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Japan.
Now that the Peace Run was officially started in Pokhara the Team ran down the hill heading back into the City
The decent from the stupa was interrupted by a spontaneous ceremony at the Dibyajyoti Education Trust
As we arrived at Fewa Lake a group of Shivaratri devotees walking past stopped and offered each of the Peace Runners a flaming Tilaka.
As we took a moment of silence before proceeding, a black dog came to join us and lead us to our destination, the Shiva Temple, the focal point of the holiday. In Hindu mythology black dogs are associated with Lord Shiva.
To finish our first day in Pokhara a group of Peace Runners took the torch on a boat ride on the lake.