CM inaugurates newly built Maniram Peri Gumpa

Promises Tamang study centre and statue of Pem Dorji

Namchi, 10 Dec (IPR):

Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling, inaugurated the newly built Maniram Peri Gumpa at Maniram Bhanjyang today. He was accompanied by Advisor Ecclesiastical Affairs Department, P.T. Bhutia, Chairpersons, Advisors and public at large.

At the onset, the Chief Minister offered prayers at the main shrine and sought blessings from Kyabje Mindrolling Khochhen Rinpoche from Dehradun. Thereafter, the CM took a brief tour of other areas of the gumpa.

Addressing the colossal congregation comprising of monks, devotees and public from far and wide the Chief Minister extended his best wishes on the completion of the Peri gumpa. He informed that this gumpa is one of the largest gumpas of the Tamang community in the state as well as in the country.

The CM also declared this gumpa for the public and added that the remaining construction of this gumpa will commence at the earliest. He also urged the public to maintain the sacredness of this shrine.

The Chief Minister spoke in brief about the teachings of Lord Buddha and urged all to follow his enlightened path and further emphasized on spirituality and said that it is one of the most important attributes that an individual can possess.

He also announced that a Tamang study centre will be set up soon which will focus on the preservation of the various aspects of the communities. A statue of Pem Dorji who is credited with producing the first ever damphu along with an installation of the Tamang damphu which will be constructed shortly, provided the location for this can be identified soon.

The CM added that the State Government will be institutionalizing the unique features of the various communities existing in the state in order to preserve the tradition and culture. He further stated that only the central government can provide Limboo and Tamang Assembly seats.

Additionally, the Chief Minister said that the state government has always focused on the welfare of Tamang community. The Tamang language is being taught at school level and Sonam Lochhar has also been declared a state holiday.

The CM also encouraged the Tamang youth to be constructive in nature and also appear for various competitive exams.

He also highlighted that the State Government has established various Buddhist projects namely that of Samdruptse, Tathagata Tsal and Chenrezig Singkham Riwo Potala hence, the state has become an abode of the gods.

He also informed about the range of initiatives undertaken by the State Government in health, rural development, animal husbandry and many more. He also informed that the State Government has sanctioned the construction of different religious establishments for various communities in the State.

The CM further reiterated that from the upcoming janta mela, grants will be provided for the purchase of shentap for lamas and other religious attires for the religious leader belonging to various communities. He also apprised that an employment mela will be conducted soon where jobs will be given to candidates under the ‘One family, One job’ scheme.

During the course of the program the monk fraternity felicitated the Chief Minister for his unwavering efforts in the upliftment of the State and also in developing the Maniram Peri gumpa. The Chief Minister also felicitated the architect of the gumpa, Kiran Rasaily, and Mr. Bhutia, founding members and artisans of the gumpa.