Guru Rinpoche Thrungkar Tshechu in Gangtok
Gangtok, 22 Jul:
Guru Rinpoche Thrungkar Tshechu was observed in grand manner in Gangtok, today with a peace rally taken out through town.
The procession started from the Dotapu Chorten Monastery, Deorali, and received the participation of thousands of devotees from across different faiths.
Organised by Sikkim Buddhist Duechen Organisation and Sikim Buddhist Association, Gangtok, with support from various other religious organizations, NGOs, social organization and associations, the rally carrying a statue of Guru Padmasambhava was taken out from Chorten Gumpa and taken till the White Hall complex in Gangtok where Governor Shriniwas Patil offered prayers.
The statue of Guru Padmasambhava was kept there for some time for devotees to offer prayers.
Special prayers were performed by monks of the Chorten monastery with the rituals starting at 3 AM, it is informed.
The statue of Guru Rinpoche, was today carried in a procession with the chanting of Vajra Guru mantra to mark Guru Rinpoche’s Trungkar Tsechu.
Led by the monks playing ritual musical instruments and followed by devotees and students of different schools of Gangtok and the surrounding areas, the procession followed the route from D ADeorali, Metro Point, Zero Point to White Hall and back through Dukhit Pan Dokan, Sonam Tshering Marg, Nam Nang and Deorali returning to Chorten Gumpa where it ended.
Speaking to SummitTimes, the general secretary of the organizing committee, KM Tamang, extended gratitude to all the devotees for making the celebration a grand success.
The special prayers preceding the procession were for world peace and well being of all living beings and for the safety and protection of all, he further informed.
A complete reading of 108 volumes of Kajur texts was also performed over the past few days to generate blessings for harmony, peace and happiness for all beings, he added.
It may be mentioned here that one of the most significant Buddhist festivals, Guru Rinpoche Trungkar Tsechu marks the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava), the founder of Tibetan Buddhism who first introduced Buddhism in Sikkim and other neighbouring Himalayan regions in the 8th century.