Inauguration [March 2003]
There was an exhilarating energy on the morning of 6th march 2003 the inauguration of Songtsen Library. The weather was perfect. The cool colorful banners fluttered in the cool breeze, the gate of the library was beautifully decorated to welcome our honored chief guest, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Over one thousand people from all corners of the world waited with much excitement for the arrival of our Chief Guest. He walked from the gate accompanied by two dancers dressed in yak costumes and musicians welcoming him with the beat of the cymbal and the drum.
His Holiness Sakya Trizin Rinpoche and Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche offered the auspicious welcome scarf and our chief guest lifted the veil of the Songtsen statue in front of the library building. He then opened the main door of the library with prayers and amidst scattering of flower petals. The speech and the ceremony concluded in the conference Hall with a beautiful song in praise of Avaloketesvara, Buddha of compassion by Ms Chuki Tethong and the enthusiastic “Good Luck” Dancers from the Tibetan Home Foundation School Rajpur. Thereafter lunch was served to all the guest and the library was opened for the public.
The Library has been named after the 33rd Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo (617-650 A.D.). Yumbhu Lakhar popularly known as Tibbet’s first castle and build in the second century B.C. by King Nyatri Tsenpo, is the architectural inspiration behind the design of the building.