Buddhist monks perform traditional dance in Himachal

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Kangra, Nov 22 (ANI): Buddhist monks performed their traditional ‘cham dance’ to mark the 10th grand prayer ceremony of their late Guru Padmasambhava in Himachal Pradesh. Wearing masks and dressed in traditional attire, the monks- some of whom are Grammy award winners- sang and danced, after offering prayers to Guru Padmasambhava, considered the “second Lord Buddha”. Guru Padmasambhava also known as Guru Rinpoche, was an 8th century Indian Buddhist spiritual leader, who is credited with construction of the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet. He is considered founder of Tibetan Buddhism. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju was the chief guest at the event held at Palpung Sherabling monastery in Kangra district. The event is popular for the “Lama Dance” and attracted many tourists. The Dalai Lama with his thousands of followers fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. They have been living in exile since then in many Indian cities including northern hill town of Dharamsala.

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