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Group of monks from India visiting southern Wisconsin next week

CLYDE, WI (WTAQ) - A group of monks from a monastery in India will spend next week near Spring Green in southern Wisconsin.

Starting Sunday, monks from the Drepung Goman Monastery will create a mandala – an elaborate art-work made from colored sand.

When they’re finished, a ritual will take place in which the work will be destroyed, and the tiny grains of sand will be tossed into the Wisconsin River.

It’s meant to demonstrate the Buddhist belief in the transitory nature of civilian life. It’s all part of the Himalayan Festival, which is held every 4 years near Spring Green in the town of Clyde.