Remembering Nepal’s Earthquake

  • Candlelight vigil at Diversity Plaza. (Photos by Dipika Shrestha for Voices of NY)

About 100 people showed up at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights on Monday evening to mark the second anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Nepal on April 25, 2015.

Community organizations based in New York – Hyolmo Society of America, Mustang Kyidug USA, Drukpa USA and Sukhi NY – organized the candlelight vigil and prayer program to remember the lost souls and support the earthquake victims.

Buddhist monk Geshe Tashi Dorje Sherpa read mantras, “Om Mani Padme Hum,” throughout the candlelight vigil. “I am chanting the mantra for the peace of the eternal bliss of all those who succumbed to the devastating disaster,” he said.

Bishnu Man Pradhan and Shruti Amatya were also amongst the ones in the vigil. The couple lost 17 members of their family in the earthquake.

“It was not only me, thousands of Nepalese lost their nearest and most loved ones,” Pradhan said. “I have realized, in life one may have to suffer so much. And there is no way other than to tolerate and accept what has happened and move on.”

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed more than 8,000 and injured nearly 22,000.

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