Gangtok: The 14th Dalai Lama will visit Sikkim next month following an invitation from state Chief Minister P S Tamang, who met the Tibetan spiritual leader in Dharamshala.
Disclosing this, Tamang said he called on the Nobel Peace Prize winner on Thursday, September 21, which is observed worldwide as the International Day of Peace.
Tamang said during the meeting, he extended a formal invitation to the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit the state next month.
The Chief Minister confirmed on Thursday that the Dalai Lama has accepted his invitation to visit Sikkim in the second week of October.
Describing his feelings while interacting with the Tibetan leader, Tamang said “In the auspicious presence of His Holiness, I was enlightened by a sense of divine serenity and bliss, which was truly a great experience for me.
“On behalf of the people of Sikkim, I offer my sincerest wishes for Dalai Lama’s good health and pray that God bless us always. I stand with the Sikkimese people to extend a grand welcome to His Holiness to eternally bless us and guide us,” said the CM.
During his visit to Dharamshala, Tamang was accompanied by Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs Sonam Lama, Chief Secretary Vijay Bhushan Pathak, Secretary Chief Minister’s Office Shankar Dhakal, Resident Commissioner AK Chand, and other concerned Ecclesiastical officers.