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Samar Rimpoche’s mortal remains reach Kalimpong after 21 days

Kalimpong : The mortal remains of 14th Shamar Rempoche today reached Kalimpong from Delhi after 21 days of his death. Shamar Rimpoche passed away on June 11 due to a massive heart attack in Germany. His body reached Delhi on June 22 and was flown down to Bagdogra to be brought to Kalimpong. Shamar Rimpoche’s body will be kept at Shri Diwakar Bihar here at 11-Mile area for devotees and well wishers to pay their last respect. The Rimpoche’s body will be kept in Shri Diwakar Bihar till July 14, following which it will be flown to Sar Minbu Gompa in Katmandu, Nepal. It will be kept for public viewing until July 31, following which the last rights will be performed. 

The procession of the body from Bagdogra to Kalimpong was joined by the 17th Karmapa claimant Thinle Thing Dorjee, monks from Karkagyur community and large number devotees amid heavy security. The 62 year old RImpoche was born Shamar Nipham Choki Ludu in Dergay, Tibet in 1952. After the establishment of Rumtek Gompa by the 16th Karmapa, he stayed there for few years and was also the second head lama of the Gompa. Shamar Rimpoche was also the nephew of the 16th Karmapa and was also given the recognition as 14th Shamar Rimpoche by him. The Rimpoche had also recognized Thinle Thing Dorjee as the clamant of the 17th Karmapa and had established the Shri Diwakar Bihar in Kalimpong in 1994.
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