Thousands of supporters of Orygen Trinley Dorjee congregated here on September 26-Sunday, demanding that the Centre allow him to take over his throne as the 17th Karmapa at Rumtek monastery.
Dorjee has the backing of the Dalai Lama who endorses him as the 17th Karmapa of the Dharma Chakra Centre.
“It has been 10 years since the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa had come to India from Tibet, but still he is not allowed to enter Sikkim even though he was allowed to visit Bokar monastery in Mirik, which is very close to Sikkim. We want to know from the Centre whether we are part of India. If we are a part of India, he should be allowed to come and sit on his throne,” said K.N. Topden, a spokesperson for the Karmapa Reception Committee