Coimbatore: The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, will unveil a white marble statue of Swami Vivekananda during his one-day visit here on January seven.
He is coming to attend the 150th birth centenary celebrations of Vivekananda, organised by Mounasadhu Swami Satyanand Maharaj of Aruppukottai in Tamil Nadu.
During his three-hour stay, he would unveil the 7 feet 9 inch tall `Makrana` Marble statue of Vivekananda.
He will also lay the foundation stone for an International School, proposed to be launched in Nilgiris District, V Venkatesan, Chairperson Celebration committee, said.
Stating that the statue is sculpted by Shivadatta Jaimini and Surendranath Jaimini of Jaipur and will be the tallest statue of Vivekananda, made of Makarana White Marble, Venkatesan said.
Maharaj is the disciple of Ramana Maharshi and was observing silence for the last 22 years, Venkatesan said.
The statue, being kept at Vattamalai near Kangeyam about 70 km from here, and foundation stone for school will be inaugurated through video conferencing, he said.
Swami Nirmalanandanath, the 73rd madathipati of Adi Chunchunagiri Math of Karnataka, will accompany the Lama from Bangalore, Venkatesan said.