Dr. Yeshi Dhonden Receives Padma Shri from President of India

Veteran Tibetan doctor Yeshi Dhonden received the Padma Shri award from the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind during awards ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday evening. The Tibetan doctor was among the 85 heroes of India to receive the country’s highest civilian honours, the Padma Awards.

“Eight-five people who have been named as winners of the country’s highest civilian honours, the Padma Awards, have received the awards from President Ram Nath Kovind today evening.” said the report in the NDTV on Monday.

Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, 91, who is a monk and a former physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for two decades is being conferred with Padma Shri Award 2018 for his contribution in treating thousands of patients through his herbal medicines and diet based on Sowa Rigpa, the Traditional Tibetan Medicine at his clinic located at Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala.

Venerable Dr. Yeshi Dhonden now becomes the second Tibetan to be honoured with India’s prestigious Padma Shri awards after his name was announce on the eve of 69th Republic day of India with the ceremony taking place in the presence of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and presided over by President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on Monday evening. The Tibetan monk healer is now the second Tibetan after Geshe Ngawang Samten to be honoured with India’s fourth highest civilian award.

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