Dharamshala, Aug 4 (ANI): Commemorating the auspicious day when Lord Buddha gave his first teachings to five disciples, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama offered special prayers at the Tsuglag Khang Temple in his abode in Dharamsala.
On this day, known as the first turning wheel of Dharma (a natural law), on the fourth day of Tibetan Lunar month, Lord Buddha gave his first teachings on 'Four Noble Truths' to the five disciples at Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh.
P. Atisha, spokesperson of Tibetan government-in-exile said a public holiday has been observed to mark the auspicious Tibetan day.
"Today (Wednesday) is a big occasion for the Buddhists because we believe that on this very day the Lord Buddha gave his first teaching at Sarnath. So this is one of the biggest occasions in a year annually. So that is why today all the offices of the central Tibetan administration are closed, the schools are closed, it is a public holiday," said Atisha.
Many devotees considered themselves lucky to be offering prayers in the Dalai Lama's presence.
"This is a very auspicious day for us, therefore every time, you know we celebrate that all over India, wherever the Tibetan community are. So today is a very special day in the sense that his Holiness Dalai Lama, we are privileged to have him here as well. So, therefore, the Dalai Lama is leading the prayers at the main temple, so that ways it is immensely important for us," said Tenzin Norbu. (ANI)