Tibetans living in exile at Dharamshala on Tuesday started 5-day prayer service for long life and good health of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.

A spokesperson of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said Religion and Culture department is organising an annual Maha Guru Bumtsok prayer service for Dalai Lama’s health at Tsuglagkhang, the main Tibetan temple at Mcleodganj.

The prayer service which began from 06:30 a.m. was attended by the Chief Justice Commissioner Kargyu Dhondup, Justice Commissioner Ngawang Rabgyal, members of Tibetan Parliament along with devotees.

The annual Maha Guru prayer from 19 to 23 June is a Tibetan Buddhist ritual held every year in the fifth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar.

“The prayer service involves several days of prayers and distribution of food and edibles on a large scale to devotees. Local Tibetans and non-Tibetan devotees attend this ritual offering that lasts for several days with great devotion,” he said.

Earlier, there were reports that Dalai Lama is terminally ill after which spiritual leader’s personal physician Dr Tsetan Dorjee Sadutshang had clarified that the information is absolutely false and rubbish.

“Dalai Lama has been having a very very busy schedule. In fact, even in this month, he has been giving religious discourses on 6, 7 and 8 June continuously for three days to the youth.

How can somebody who is terminally ill and is said to be having such serious medical condition, ever engage in such busy schedule; it defies common sense. I would term this as total fake news,” he had said.