Tawang: The Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama today wrapped up his week-long teaching tour to Arunachal Pradesh and left for Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, Assam, earlier this morning.
While Chief Minister Pema Khandu and other dignitaries saw him off at the Tawang helipad, thousands of his ardent devotees lined up along the road to bade an emotional farewell to their most revered spiritual leader.
Yesterday, on final day of his four-day teaching, His Holiness the Dalai Lama thanked the Arunachal Pradesh government, in particular Chief Minister Pema Khandu, for making the visit special and memorable.
He also thanked his devotees from Arunachal Pradesh, from Himalayan Region and Bhutan who have converged in droves, especially those from far-flung areas. A total of over 50,000 people had attended his teachings, held from 8 – 11 April.
During his religious tour to Arunachal Pradesh, His Holiness consecrated the Thupsung Dhargyeling monastery at Dirang on 6 April. On Sunday, he also consecrated the Tara Temple ‘Dolma Lhagang’, Guru Padhmasambhava Statue cum Temple (Lumpo), and laid the foundation stone of Gyalwa Jamba (Kuber) statue to be built at Buri near the India-Bhutan border. His Holiness paid a visit to Ugyen Ling, the birthplace of sixth Dalai Lama (Tsangyang Gyatso).
He gave the name Jamtseling for the Jamba (Kuber) statue besides donating Rs 50,000 from his side for its construction.
His Holiness released a book titled – ‘Ocean and Blue Mountains’ published by department of Karmik and Adhyatmik Affairs (DoKAA) in presence of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and other dignitaries.
The book title refers to ‘Ocean’ as His Holiness and ‘Blue Mountains’ as the people of Arunachal Pradesh, and is a collection of memoirs of the special bond shared between the two. The Dalai Lama also released a book titled – ‘Crossing of the Frontiers’ describing his exile route from Tibet to India, published by Losel Nyinje Charitable Society and Monyul Social Welfare Association.
His Holiness also blessed around 100,000 tree saplings which would be planted in and around Tawang.
Pema Khandu, Chief Minister of the State requested His Holiness to confer the Kalachakra Teaching in Arunachal Pradesh in the near future.
The Tibetan spiritual leader reached the mountainous state of Tawang on April 7 after traversing over 550 km from Assam’s Dibrugarh and crossed the 13,700 feet Sela Pass.
In the morning, the Dalai Lama gave his last sermon to devotees at the Yid GaChosin monastery ground on Rinzin Dhondup initiation followed by a long life offering ceremony.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will arrive in Delhi today and will return to Dharmsala tomorrow.