16th ‘Eco Pad-Yatra’ Kicks off in Bhubaneswar

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Bhubaneswar: The 16th edition of ‘Eco Pad-Yatra’, led by Buddhist spiritual leaders Gyalwang Drukpa and Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche of Hemis Monastery, kicked off in Bhubaneswar today.

The 140-km yatra will see participants including over 350 monks travel by foot through five important Buddhist sites namely, Bhubaneswar, Udayagiri, Dhauli, Lalitgiri and Ratnagiri.

During the Yatra, His Holiness, His Eminence and the monastic and lay pilgrims will offer daily prayers for peace and compassion, perform large-scale cleanings of the terrain along its route, and will campaign amongst the local citizens about the importance of preserving nature and sustainability.

The Yatra will also promote awareness about the Buddhist heritage sites of Odisha.

The Yatra will conclude on October 31 at Ratnagiri.