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LEH: The 400th anniversary of accession to the throne of Gyalpo Singge Namgyal (1570-1641) – the ‘Lion King of Ladakh’- will be celebrated as ‘Ladakh Spalngam Tuston’- celebration of Ladakh’s pride – on 7th October under the aegis of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh.
A meeting in this regard was held at LAHDC on Friday under chairmanship of Upper Leh Councillor Gelong Lobzang Nyantak to discuss publicity related issues for the event which is aimed at celebrating the contributions of King Singge Namyal, Lama Stag-sang Raspa and Spon Namka Spaldon to the development of artistic, cultural, architectural, philosophical and intellectual growth of Ladakh.
Another important meeting to finalise the programmes of the event is scheduled for 27th September under the chairmanship of CEC, LAHDC, Leh.
The celebration was earlier proposed by Founder-President Ladakh International Centre (LIS) Ambassador P Stobdan, who is an academician, author and national security expert, and the proposal was immediately accepted by LAHDC to celebrate the event on its own.
During the period of King Singge Namgyal ‘Tiger Lama’ or Lama Stag-sang Raspa (1574-1651) also arrived to support the Lion King. “We must take inspiration from the chief architects of our fatherland and instill a renewed sense of cultural pride among our new generation for enable them to treasure our cultural and regional uniqueness and maintain our social cohesion – the spirit of Ladakh-ness,” asserted P Stobdan while admiring King Singge Namgyal and Lama Stag-sang Raspa for being Ladakh’s pride and urged it should be a rare honour for Ladakhis to remember the great heroes and appropriate them in the current context of contemporary Ladakh as well.
“Gyalpo Singge Namgyal was an astute military commander. Following his father’s death, he pursued a vigorous military campaign to gain complete control over the Kingdom of Nagri (Western Tibet) by 1619. He even annexed the kingdom of Guge in 1630. By the end of the 16th century, Singge caused Ladakh Kingdom to expand to cover the widest territory in its history. By the time he died, the sway of Ladakh Kingdom extended as far as Nepal boundary in the east, Baltistan in the west, Karakoram in the north, and Spiti – Zanskar in the south,” P Stobdan wrote on his blog.
King Singge Namgyal was believed to have been enthroned in 1616 after the death of his father King Jamyang Namgyal.
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