Travelling more than 250 kms by road, His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama reached Bomdila on Tuesday evening, where he received a rousing welcome by thousands of devotees. Notwithstanding objections from various sources, the Dalai Lama is on his way to Tawang – a visit eagerly awaited by the people of Arunachal Pradesh besides devotees of neighbouring country Bhutan.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who received the Dalai Lama at Guwahati, accompanied the Dalai Lama on his journey to Tawang along with senior BJP leader Sudanshu Mittal.
Tenzing Tsewang Gyatso, known world over as the Dalai Lama, entered Arunachal Pradesh from Assam through Orang after 8 years was received by hundreds of devotees at Balemu, the border town in West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh. From there he travelled through Kalaktang, Tenzingaon, Shergaon, Jigaon and Rupa before arriving at Bomdila in the afternoon. Hundreds of old and young followers greeted and received him all along the way. Colourful flags depicting Buddhism and imprinted with prayers donned the route from Balemu to Bomdila.
Arunachal CM expressing gratitude to the benevolence of His Holiness for taking the trouble to travel, said, “His Holiness had solemnly resolved to visit Arunachal Pradesh no matter what. Despite the inclement weather that forced cancellation of his chopper, he decided to travel by road.”
He added that Arunachal is humbled and will remain ever grateful to His Holiness. “He has fulfilled the prayers of thousands of devotees who have waited eight long years to hear and see him in person,”
Owing to the rescheduled visit, His Holiness will not be able to come and bless the people of Itanagar, the state capital.