Tibetans lined the streets of the Indian capital on Thursday for a glimpse of a teenage lama who escaped Chinese-controlled Tibet last year and is beginning a pilgrimage to Buddhist holy sites in northern India.
The 17th Karmapa was given permission by the Indian government early this month to visit the sites
He has spent the last 13 months restricted to monasteries near Dharmsala, the exile headquarters of the Dalai Lama, the senior Tibetan religious and political leader.
00 02 Tibetans of all ages stood in rows several deep hoping to see the 15 year old Ugyen Thinley Dorje, pron: u-GEN THIN- li dor-jay
00 09 Dorje's one of the most venerated figures in Tibetan Buddhism and his trip through New Delhi caused great excitement amongst his followers. .
00 17 He was whisked past in a silver Mercedes, surrounded by security vehicles, as the crowds cheered and cars tooted their horns.
00 24 - 27 FX tooting
00 27 The teenage Karmapa ranks third in the Tibetan Buddhism hierarchy behind the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama.
00 33 Dorje's the only Lama of such seniority to have been recognised both by the Dalai Lama and China.
00 41 The Indian government granted the Karmapa refugee status at the beginning of February, more than a year after he made a dramatic escape from his homeland - Tibet.
00 50 His refugee status has given him more freedom to travel in India.
00 54 Dorje will spend the next six days, including the Tibetan new year, at a monastery 12 miles from Sarnath. (pron: sar-nat )
01 01 After that, he will go on a three-week pilgrimage from Bodhgaya- one of the most sacred Buddhist shrines in India. .