VIJAYAWADA: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama visited Amaravati --the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh after 11 years on Thursday to take part in the first National Women Parliament scheduled to commence on February 10.
He was received by State Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasad Rao and ministers Devineni Umamaheswara Rao and Palle Raghunath Reddy at Gannavaram Airport.
He said he was happy to be visiting the place where Acharya Nagarjuna had lived and welcomed the move to make the region the capital city.
“Where there is peace, the economy would flourish,” he said.
Dalai Lama performed religious rituals at Mahachaitya and later visited Dhyana Buddha Project-- the 125 ft Buddha statue which is being constructed by the State Government in Guntur district.
The Buddhist leader’s previous visit to Amaravati was in 2006 for conducting Kalachakra ceremony, a ritual offering ceremony of the Buddhist community.