Amaravati is a place of Buddhist pilgrimage, where Buddha was believed to have given his first Kalachakra sermon.

Fortunate to visit Amaravati again Dalai Lama lands in Andhra on 3-day visit
news News Thursday, February 09, 2017 - 13:01

Buddhist spiritual leader The Dalai Lama has said he was fortunate to be once again visiting Amaravati, a sacred place for Buddhists.

He reached the city on Thursday, as part of a three-day visit to Andhra Pradesh.

State legislative assembly speaker K Sivaprasad Rao, ministers and senior officials received him at the Gannavarm Airport in Vijayawada.

The Buddhist leader left for Amaravati, a place of Buddhist pilgrimage, where Buddha was believed to have given his first Kalachakra sermon.

Amaravati is where is new capital of the residual Andhra Pradesh is being built.

"I feel fortunate to be in the sacred place of Amaravati once again," the 81-year-old told reporters at the airport.

The Nobel Laureate said he was happy in the place associated with Nagarjuna, the great Indian Buddhist philosopher.

He said Amaravati becoming the state capital of Andhra Pradesh will augur well. 

He will address the first National Women's Parliament, beginning at Amaravati on Friday.

This is Dalai Lama's second visit to Amaravati. He had last visited the place in 2006 to initiate Kalachakra, a huge gathering of Buddhists.

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