His Holiness the Dalai Lama celebrates 75th birthday

Dharamshala: Special prayers were organised at Dharamshala and all across the globe as His Holiness The Dalai Lama celebrated his 75th birthday on Tuesday. Birthday celebrations and specialdalai-lama prayers were organized at the Tsuglagkhang temple at McLeodganj.

Hundreds of people from different walks of life converged at the courtyard of Tsuglagkhang, the main temple in McLeodganj braving the heavy monsoon showers. The Dalai Lama who stays at his mansion made a rare public appearance at the temple.

His Holiness attended the prayers and blessed his followers. The 17th Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley Dorjee, also attended the function.

The Kashag (Tibetan cabinet) prayed for the Dalai Lama’s long life.

“Tibetans always want to celebrate my birthday, but it is difficult for them,” said the Dalai Lama, in a grim reminder of the situation in Tibet.

Born July 6, 1935, to a farming family in a small hamlet in Taktser in Amdo province in north eastern Tibet, the two-year-old child, earlier named Lhamo Dhondup, was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso, in 1937.

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