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Fortute to again visit Amaravati: Dalai Lama

Vijayawada, Feb 9: Buddhist spiritual leader The Dalai Lama has said he was fortute to be once again visiting Amaravati, a sacred place for Buddhists. He reached here on Thursday on a three-day visit to Andhra Pradesh. State legislative assembly speaker K. Sivaprasad Rao, ministers and senior officials received him at the Ganvarm Airport here.

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 fortute 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 garju, the great Indian Buddhist philosopher. He said Amaravati becoming the state capital of Andhra Pradesh will augur well. He will address the first tiol 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. (IANS)