The Grand Opening was prompt at 10.30am, we were fortunate to have the presence of three monks from Kaza monastery who came to bless the building with a Special Puja for purity and prosperity. We were honoured to have Mr Ravi Thakur, Vice Chairperson for National Commission for Scheduled Tribes to cut the ribbon and officially open the Community Centre. In his speech later he was full of admiration for the way the building was constructed and said it was a showcase of the traditional building methods, used centuries ago. He said he would encourage the local people to return to this method of building. He would promote a policy for new government buildings in this area to be built in this environmental energy saving way. This was wonderful to hear.
The Community Centre stood so proudly, all polished and clean with a light and homely atmosphere. The architects left some walls exposed, so that visitors may understand the technology of the Rammed and Mud bricks (CRRC)
After the speeches the monks from Dankhar monastery performed the Cham Dance to rid the land of any negative energy and cleanse it to go forward with a positive future.
The people of Kaza hosted a lunch for 250 people a wonderful mixture of local people, government ministers, Architects, The Nono – prince of the valley, Colin, the chairman and from Adventure Ashram, with him was Fritha the Project Manager. Doctor Philip from the Lady Willingdon Hospital, passing travellers and our very own group of Spiti supporters.
Big Thank You to Adventure Ashram, the Tibet Relief Fund, the architects team from Auroville Earth Institute in South India and all our supporters who have made this project possible for the people of the Spiti Valley. Thank you to the Spiti Projects Society and team in Kaza, who have worked like troupers with true dedication to meet the deadline of the 1st stage of completion of the Community Centre Building.