Gangtok: The Tibetan community celebrated the 84th birth anniversary of the 14th Dalai Lama in a grand manner at the Bhoe-Lha-Sol-Sa, Sera Jay Drophenling monastery in Gangtok, Sikkim on Saturday.
The day began with mass prayers and festooning of prayer flags. As the chief guest and guest of honour, respectively, state ministers Sonam Lama and Karma Loday Bhutia offered the ‘Mendel Tensum’ to the potrait of the Dalai Lama. This was followed by the offering of ‘khadas’ by other dignitaries.
Mendel Tensum is the traditional offering of the body, speech and mind of the Buddha.
During the event, the organisers presented citations to former state secretary Tsegyal Tashi, Tibetan calligraphy genius Jamyang Dorjee and Tibetan MMA fighter Pema Tenzin.
The statement of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile was also read during the occasion. As part of the celebrations, a cake-cutting ceremony was held, followed by cultural programmes presented by local Tibetan Kyiduks, institutions and individuals.