Surat: Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Thursday extended New Year greetings to everyone.
"As a Buddhist monk, I think, first we have to utilize our daily life, then the new year, new month, new week and new day. I would like to express my greetings," said Dalai Lama.
"I consider you Indians as gurus, we are chelas. So, from a simple chela I would like to express my greetings and appreciation to a guru," he added.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also wished citizens of the country on New Year and expressed the hope that the year 2015 brings immense happiness, peace and prosperity in everyone's lives.
The New Year was ushered across the world over with much gusto, with people in India too joining the bandwagon celebrating with fireworks and rejoicing with other fun filled activities.