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Arunachal gives a tearful farewell to Dalai Lama

November 16, 2009

Deepak Asthana
MyNews (India)
November 15, 2009

Itanagar -- A shadow of grief descended over the
mountains of Itanagar and its adjoining areas
when the Pawan Hans chopper took-off from the Raj
Bhawan helipad here this morning with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

The devotees as well as the public gathered in
the helipad with heavy hearts bid farewell to
their beloved guru. They touched him with tearful
eyes to get his last blessings.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, his cabinet
colleagues and some MLAs were also present.

The Dalai Lama, who left Itanagar at 0830 hrs
after completing his last leg of visit to the
state, is scheduled to fly to Rome from Delhi to
inaugurate the two-day Fifth World Parliamentary
Convention beginning on Wednesday.

The week-long visit of the spritual leader to
this frontier state amid protest from China was
successful, the weather was not a deterrent for
him wherever he visited in the last few days. The
visit was completely peaceful without any
untoward incidents as the state government had
made elaborate security arrangements in all the
places where His Holiness visited.

The 76-year-old Dalai Lama mesmerized thousands
of people in this Himalayan state with his divine
oratory skill, as people from all walks of life
thronged every venues where His Holiness deliver discourse.

The Dalai Lama arrived at Tawang on November 8
last with his ten-member entourage. He stayed in
the district for four days and addressed
religious discourse at Yid Gha Chozin besides
visiting various monastries in the district
including the famous Tawang Monastery.

The Tibetan leader also inaugurated a
multi-speciality hospital at Tawang for which he
had donated an amount of Rs 20, 00,000.

On November 12 enroute to Bomdila from Tawang,
His Holiness has sanctified Thupsang-dhargye-Ling
monastery and planted Christmas tree at Dirang.

While addressing devotees at Dirang stadium the
Dalai Lama has categorically stressed on four
noble thoughts of Buddhism. He also visited
Kalaktang before he left for Itanagar.

Here the Dalai Lama visited the Thupten
Gatsalling Gompa and the Theraveda Buddha Vihar
at Vivek Vihar belonging to the Hinayana Sect of
Buddhism. He also interacted with intellectuals
at Banquet Hall here in the evening.
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