|Puran Gir had a
reputation for piety and integrity. It has been observed that he enjoyed the
confidence of both the Tibetans and the British. He was the envoy of the Tashi Lama,
when he interceded for the Bhutanese in 1773 and brought presents of gold and silver, gold
dust and musk.
He accompanied Bogle on his
mission next year, and when the Tashi Lama went to the court of the Emperor of China,
Puran Gir Gosain went with him. From Peking he returned to Calcutta with the news
that the Lama had died of smallpox while at the Chinese Court in 1781. He next
accompanied the Turner Mission to the new Tashi Lama in 1783; and in 1785 Warren Hastings
made him his accredited agent to the latter.