The 14th Dalai Lama. Image credit - Twitter @KirenRijiju

Political leaders from the Northeast have taken to social media to convey their best wishes to the 14th Dalai Lama on his 84th birthday.

The Tibetan spiritual leader, whose real name is Lamo Thondup, was born on July 6, 1935.

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu conveyed his birthday wishes to the 14th Dalai Lama through his official Twitter handle.

Khandu tweeted: “I humbly wish His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama a very Happy Birthday. He has led an unparalleled life & touched this world with his message of peace, compassion and universal brotherhood. May the holy soul continue to benefit this world for many many more years to come.”

Union minister of state (independent charge) for youth affairs and sports Kiren Rijiju and Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal have also extended their warm birthday wishes to the Tibetan spiritual leader.

Rijiju on his Twitter handle stated: “On the auspicious birthday of The 14th Dalai Lama, I offer my  deepest reverence, prayers, and warmest wishes. I pray for his long and healthy life and to guide the world towards more love, peace and compassion.”

Sonowal stated that the Dalai Lama is an inspiration to the society and his values and ideals are the ‘guiding light’ to the people.

“Praying for your good health and long life,” wished Sonowal.

Meanwhile, in order to celebrate the birthday of the spiritual leader, many people thronged the Dalai Lama temple at Dharamashala in Himachal Pradesh.

Most of the people turned up in traditional Tibetan dresses to pay their respects to the Dalai Lama at the temple located in Mc Leod Ganj area of Dharamshala.

The Dalai Lama also attended his birthday celebrations at the temple and blessed the people who assembled there.

Born at Takster village in Amdo region of Tibet, Lamo Thondup was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama Thubten Gyatso in 1937. He was recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in 1939.

However, Lamo Thondup was officially enthroned as the 14th Dalai Lama at the age of five in Lhasa in `1940. He fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising.

The 14th Dalai Lama who has travelled to various parts of the world to spread Buddhist teachings and also spoke on various social issues was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.


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