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800 monks to welcome Dalai Lama in Arunachal

india Updated: Nov 05, 2009 23:56 IST
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More than 800 Buddhist monks led by their high priests will welcome Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama when he arrives in Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday amid mounting protests from China over his visit.

“Preparations are almost complete with 700 to 800 monks all set to give the Dalai Lama a religious welcome,” T.G. Rinpoche, a senior Buddhist spiritual leader and a former minister, said.

Rinpoche is overseeing preparations at the monastery and also at a school playground here where the Dalai Lama will hold a three-day religious discourse from Monday.

“Along with preparations, prayers are also going on in all the monasteries for the safe visit of the Dalai Lama,” said J.P. Shastri, a priest at the historic Tawang monastery.

“The entire town and the monastery have got a facelift,” Rinpoche said.

The Dalai Lama is also expected to inaugurate a super-specialty hospital at Tawang.

It was through Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh that in 1959 the Dalai Lama escaped the Chinese to enter India. Since then he has lived in India.