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H.H. 14th Dalai Lama visits Tawang

On 8th of November 2009 His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Tenzin Gyatso reached the border town of Tawang on a historic four-day visit which had drawn widespread interest in the wake of objections raised by China.

Nestled among the snow-capped mountains and perched at a height of 10,000 feet, Tawang had been spruced up for the visit of the "living god" with colourful posters carrying his pictures and Tibetan and Indian flags flying everywhere.

Buildings and houses had been given a fresh coat of paint and streets and localities cleaned to mark the occasion.

On the same day of his arrival at Tawang Monastery he inaugurated Tawang Monastery Museum, containing religious artifacts and historic scriptures of the Buddhist religion. He led prayer sessions at the main prayer hall and later in the afternoon he unveiled the library of the monastery school at Centre for Buddhist Cultural Studies. The 14th Dalai Lama, stayed in the 350-year-old Tawang Monastery.

The Tibetan temporal head also inaugurated a new OPD Building for which he had donated Rs 20 lakh at Tawang District Hospital on 9th November before proceeding to Yidgha Choezin, venue for the religious discourses.

The Nobel laureate held discourses in Tawang from November 9 to 11, attended by thousands of devotees.

On 12th November, he departed for Dirang on the second leg of his Arunachal visit. Thousands of people gathered to see him off at the Tawang Helipad. Many of them were in tears as they waved their hands in devotion and respect to see the living god leaving Tawang after a successful visit.

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