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2013-07-05-Bylakuppe-G11Bylakuppe: - Thousands of Tibetans in south India gathered at Bylakuppe to celebrate the 78th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet.

Congregation of Tibetans, dignitaries from the host state of Karnataka and other parts of India took part in the celebration. He was earlier received at the settlement a day before his birthday.

The events for his birthday are organized by the two settlement offices of Lugsam Samdrupling and Dickyi Larsoe and Sera Jey Monastery based in Bylakuppe.

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay read the statement issued from his office in which he 'on the occasion of 78th birthday of 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet,'offered 'deepest reverence and pay obeisance on behalf of the Kashag and Tibetans inside and outside Tibet.' And his 'colleagues in the Kashag and Tibetans everywhere join millions of admirers across the globe in wishing His Holiness good health and long life,'the statement added.

Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh who was joined by his cabinet members said: " I feel extremely delighted to be here to celebrate the birthday of H.H. The Dalai Lama.

"I on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh extend an invitation to visit the state at any convenient time," the Chief Minister added.

2013-07-05-Bylakuppe-G05Speaking to the throng of people who struggled to be contained in massive marquees pitched for the occasion, The Dalai Lama said: "there are many religions in the world and Christianity being the largest. And then it is Islam, considering population of humanity practicing the religion.

"I consider religious harmony very important because we see tremendous violence due to religious differences. In the past history-- violence based on religious difference is a different case. But in 20th and 21st century where we have made so many advances in human knowledge, still we see violence of this nature and this is a sad fact.

"The best gift I could receive from you all is the warmheartedness in every individual present here. When faced with challenge and anger please be reminded of message."

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