Governor attends Naropa 2016 festival

Srinagar: Governor NN Vohra today attended the inaugural function of 7 day “Naropa 2016” festival being held at the Hemis Monastery in Leh district.  His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa; Chering Dorjay, Minister for Cooperatives and Ladakh Affairs; Dr. Sonam Dawa, CEC, LAHDC Leh;  Thupstan Chhewang, Member Parliament;  Nawang Rigzin Jora, MLA Leh; Mr Prasanna Ramaswamy, Deputy Commissioner Leh; Lt. Gen. P JS Pannu, GOC 14 Corps;  Tsewang Thinles, President Ladakh Buddhist Association were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering the Governor welcomed all the devotees from various foreign countries, from across the Himalayan States and the people of Ladakh who had gathered, in nearly a lakh strong audience, at the historic Hemis Monastery to celebrate “Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas.”
Congratulating the people of Ladakh on the occasion of this magnificent festival, the Governor said that this special event which is held after 12 years as the Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas commemorates the beginning of a rich tradition in Buddhist philosophy and hoped that this festival of teachings , dance and music would bring people together spiritually, not only from different sects of Buddhism but also from other communities.
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