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Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama visits Chaanda Devi caves

Sirpur: Amid high security, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama visited the ancient Buddhist site of Sirpur and meditated at the historic ‘Chaanda Devi' caves where his guru and Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna is supposed to have
PTI January 14, 2014 20:54 IST
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Sirpur: Amid high security, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama visited the ancient Buddhist site of Sirpur and meditated at the historic ‘Chaanda Devi' caves where his guru and Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna is supposed to have meditated centuries ago.  

Located at the sprawling Singhadhruva terrain, Chaanda Devi caves is about 25 km away from Sirpur town in Mahasamund district, on the banks of the Mahanadi river.

“This place is full of natural beauty. My guru Nagarjuna meditated here and I felt his presence here today. It was very peaceful,” Lama told reporters here today.  

The 78-year-old spiritual leader climbed about 100 stairs to enter the cave and meditated for about 20 minutes in remembrance of Nagarjuna - a Buddhist philosopher - whom Lama considers as his guru.