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Dalai Lama arrives on 8-day visit of Sikkim

December 15, 2010

Gangtok, Dec 15 (PTI) The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama arrived at Sikkim today on a eight-day visit.

He was received by the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and his cabinet colleagues at the Pelling Helipad in West Sikkim.

The Sikkim government has banned slaughter of animals in the state during Dalai Lama''s eight-day stay.

After his arrival at Pelling Helipad the monks from Pemayangtse Monastery, which is considered one of the most holiest monasteries in Sikkim, conducted ''Sherbang'', a traditional Buddhist ritual of dance and prayer, for Dalai Lama, who is also a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Thousands of people had come out to see the Tibetan spiritual leader and receive his blessings.
He was then escorted to the Pemayangtse Monastery from where the spiritual leader flew to Tashiding Monastery. He will be staying at Tashiding Monastery till December 17.

On December 18, Dalai Lama -- Tenzin Gyatso -- will visit the town of Ravangla in south Sikkim to address a congregation of people at the Tibetan settlement here. On the same day he is scheduled to visit the Ralong Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim.

On December 19, Dalai Lama will fly to Gangtok where he is scheduled to address a seminar. He will leave for Dharamsala on December 22.
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