Amritsar: A globally revered figure and Nobel peace laureate, The Dalai Lama today presided over an interfaith conference titled “The ik-noor Interfaith Conclave” at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar. The ‘Ik Noor Inter-Faith Conclave’ is part of a week-long celebrations of the 550th birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev, organized by the Punjab Government. Earlier in the morning The Dalai Lama took a pilgrimage to the Golden Temple, holiest site of Sikh and on entering the main temple His Holiness the Dalai Lama paid homage inside the temple where all the hymns are read from the Guru Granth Sahib Ji and offered a traditional Tibetan scarf. His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with the members and representatives of the Golden Temple. They offered a shawl and a souvenir of Golden Temple to His Holiness.
The conference was held in the presence of Finance Minister of Punjab Manpreet Singh Badal. He delivered an address on behalf of the Punjab Government. The interfaith dialogue was chaired by leaders of different faiths including Swami Shuddhidananda, Ramakrishna Mission, Maulana Syed Athar Hussain Dehlavi, Founder of Anjumana Minhaj-e-Rasool, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Former Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Bishop Samantha Roy, Church of North India, B.K Usha, Brahma Kumari, Syed of Ahmadiya Mission and Dr Monica Gupta, Shri Aurobindo Mission. Vice Chancellor of the University also marked his presence.Professors, teachers, staff and students of Guru Nanak Dev University attended the conference in the audience.