Zung of Chenrizig statue taken from Chorten monastery to Pelling

Gangtok, 25 Jul:

The Zung [Pran Prathisthan or inner relics] for the consecration of the 135 feet tall statue of Buddhist Lord Chenrizig being constructed at the premises of Sangak Choeling Monastery in Pelling, West Sikkim was taken out from Chorten monastery in Deorali today in the presence of Deputy Speaker, SLA, Sonam Gyatso Lepcha, as chief guest and Head Rinpoche, Chorten monastery, Kyabje Dhodrupchen Rinpoche.

The Zung referred to as the soul of Chenrizig statue by Buddhists include religious books and other valuable items prepared since last one and a half year at Dotapu Chorten monastery. It will be carried to the construction site of Chenrizig statue and installed inside the statue to complete the process of inauguration of the Chenrizig Singkham ‘Riwo Potala’ at Sanghak Choeling in Pelling.

The function today also had the presence of MLA Gangtok, Pintso Chopel Lepcha, MLA Yangthang, Chandra Maya Subba, Chairperson, Ecclesiastical Affairs Department, Acharya Tshering Lama, Advisor, Pem Tshering Lama, GMC Mayor, and other dignitaries along with departmental heads, monks and devotees.

Speaking to SummitTimes, Chief Executive Officer cum Architect of the project, Gary Choppel, said that the construction of the Chenrizig statue was recently completed and awaits its consecration. The total cost of the mega project is Rs 69 crore, he informed.

“Cherenzig Singkham is totally funded by the State Government and is one of the most ambitious and mega projects of the government started under the leadership and vision of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling,” said Mr Choppel.

It may be mentioned here, Lord Chenrizig statue project was conceptualized by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and announced in 2009. Construction of the statue began in the year 2010.

Advisor, Mr Lama, on behalf of devotees of the State expressed gratitude to the CM and the State Government for conceptualising the unique project.

The Zung travelled to Pelling with a team of monks halting briefly at Rabongla and Legship wherein devotees offered prayers, it is informed.