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His Holiness the Dalai Lama gets ceremonial welcome at Tawang

November 9, 2009

Central Tibetan Authority (CTA)
November 7, 2009

Dharamshala -- Thousands of people in the
Buddhist town of Tawang accorded ceremonial
welcome to His Holiness the Dalai Lama as he
arrived Sunday morning for a week-long visit to
the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived by helicopter
at Tawang, perched at an elevation of
approximately 3,048 meters (10,000 feet) in the
northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh.

His Holiness was received at the helipad by State
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and other ministers.

Sound of gongs and cymbals resonate as His
Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived at Tawang, Indo-Asian News Service reported.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeted the devotees,
who were dressed in traditional costumes and had
lined on both sides of the eight-kilometre road
leading from the helipad to the Tawang monastery.

At the 400-year-old monastery, about 800 monks
gave His Holiness the Dalai Lama a religious
welcome amid chants of Buddhist hymns as a strong
aroma of burning incense wafted through the air.

Giant gongs were played by monks dressed in new
robes, while priests of the monastery prostrated
as His Holiness the Dalai Lama alighted from the vehicle.

Indian and Tibetan prayer flags fluttered
alongside, while banners and life-size posters of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama adorned the streets
and rooftops with the entire Tawang town of about
35,000 people wearing a festive look.

Hundreds of devotees from Nepal and Bhutan have
also converged for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give religious
discourse at Tawang, Dirang and Bomdila during
the week-long visit, which ends 15 November.

His Holiness will inaugurate a museum, containing
historic scriptures of the Buddhist religion, and
unveil a library of the monastery school at the
Centre for Buddhist Culture Studies.

His Holiness will also inaugurate a super-speciality hospital at Tawang.
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