Cultural events at McLeod Ganj Temple to mark the Dalai Lama’s 87th birthday today
Kangra, July 6 (SocialNews.XYZ) The 87th birthday of the spiritual leader Dalai Lama will be celebrated on Wednesday with great fanfare at the McLeod Ganj Buddhist Temple near Dharamshala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, where Chief Minister Jairam Thakur is expected to attend as chief guest.
Followers and Tibetans in exile, living at home and abroad, annually commemorate July 6 as the “day of the incarnation” of the 14th Dalai Lama. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the day could not be celebrated in 2020 and 2021.
Now, with Covid cases dwindling and with no travel restrictions, the Tibetan government in exile has decided to celebrate the day with great fanfare.
The Dalai Lama Temple, also known as Tsuglagkhang, located in McLeod Ganj, is gearing up to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday in a grand way. Cultural programs not only on Tibetan culture but also Ladakhi, Nepalese and Dharamsala Gaddi folk culture will be held here to mark this day.
Sharing the news, Tenzin Lekshay, official spokesperson for the Tibetan government in exile, said the 87th birthday of Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama will be celebrated “with great fanfare, attended by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jairam Thakur, as the main guest”.
It should be mentioned that the 14th Dalai Lama, born in Tibet on July 6, 1935, had to leave Tibet due to the situation there and take refuge in India with his followers.
The government of then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru hosted the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. From then till now he lives in Dharamsala.
The Dalai Lama is considered the “messenger of peace” around the world.