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Buddhist leader greets Modi as Ladakh celebrates post 370
Buddhist leader greets Modi as Ladakh celebrates post 370

Leh, Sep 17 (TIWN) Buddhist spiritual leader the Gyalwang Drukpa, who is heading the 17th century Hemis monastery of Drukpa lineage here, the largest in the Himalayas, on Tuesday greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 69th birthday.

"It is with great enthusiasm #NaropaFestival Organising Committee wishes Prime Minister Narendra Modi a very Happy Birthday!" Gyalwang Drukpa tweeted.  "We express our heartfelt gratitude to the Government of India for uniting Ladakh with the country and invite all to join us in our celebrations at Hemis!"  A five-day Naropa festival, a carnival of Buddhist spirituality, culture and tradition, and a grand congregation of Drukpa masters, began on Monday at the Hemis monastery, some 45 km from Leh.  This time, a special celebration is being held to mark the granting of the Union Territory status to Ladakh.  The Naropa festival, a celebration of the 1003rd birth anniversary of the great Indian saint Naropa, is seeing tens of thousands of devotees, mainly from Ladakh, Bhutan and Nepal.  A traditional archery competition, fashion show and performances by local and Bollywood artistes are taking place during the festival that will conclude on September 20.

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