Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday called on Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama during his visit to McLeodganj near here, officials said.
Confirming Bhagwat's visit, an official in the Dalai Lama's office told IANS the RSS chief had an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his official palace.
Himachal Pradesh | RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat meets Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at McLeodganj— ANI (@ANI) December 20, 2021
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Regarding the purpose of the visit, he said it was simply a courtesy call.
In pictures released by the Tibetan government, Bhagwat was seen gifting a Ganesha idol to His Holiness, who was seen donning a Himachali cap.
The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) is based in Dharamsala in Kangra district.
This was the first high-profile meeting with the spiritual leader since the onset of the pandemic outbreak.
The RSS chief arrived on a five-day visit to Kangra on December 16.
The Tibetan government-in-exile is not recognised by any country.
Some 1,40,000 Tibetans now live in exile, with over 1,00,000 of them in different parts of India. Over six million Tibetans live in Tibet.