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LEH: The Naropa Festival-2018, a grand spiritual gathering has begun in Hemis, Ladakh to commemorate the 1,000 plus years of Naropa. The Naropa Festival will be celebrated throughout the month of September 2018, at Naro Photang Hemis, Ladakh.
The programme began with National Anthem and observance of two minutes of silence for the departed souls of Langna Rinpoche and Lamchok Rinpoche of Drukpa lineage who passed away in a fatal road accident in the recent past and prayed for their early reincarnation.
Chief Executive Councillor LAHDC Dorjey Motup was present as the Chief Guest on the occasion. His Eminence Gyalwa Dokhampa, Ven Rinpoches from different parts of Ladakh, and Bhutan, numbers of monks and nuns, Ambassadors and deputy heads of mission of Embassy of countries of South Korea, Italy, Republic of Poland, United States and Brazil and representatives of Je Khenpo of Bhutan, and Royal Government, Kingdom of Bhutan, MP Ladakh Thupstan Tsewang, MLA Leh Nawang Rigzin Jora, EC LAHDC Gyal P Wangyal, EC Agriculture Tsering Wangdus, EC Tourism Tsering Wangdus, SSP T Gyalpo, former CEC Rigzin Spalbar, Councillors, religious and political heads along with large number of devotees were also present on the occasion.
Co-Founder of Naropa Fellowhip, Thuksay Rinpoche spoke about the importance of opening up of Ladakh not only as a tourist destination but also as a learning centre in the form of fellowship in the name of an Indian Scholar-Saint, Naropa. The Naropa Fellowhip began its first batch with more than 70 students from different parts of the country and the world, he added.
Many devotees eager to get glimpse of six sacred ornaments of Naropa in the year 2016 had to cancel their visit due to postponement of ‘Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas’ from July to September, disclosed His Eminence Khamtak Rinpoche, the Chairperson of the Organising Committee of the Naropa Festival – 2018 in his welcome speech. That is why the holy relics are on display for them during the festival, he added.
It is pertinent to mention here that the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche donned the six bone sacred ornaments of the scholar-saint at the Naro palace during the Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas in 2016.
CEC LAHDC Leh, Dorjey Motup spoke about the strong relation between spiritual heads and monarch in the history of Ladakh.
LBA President Tsewang Thinles and LGA President Ven. Shadup Chamba also spoke on the occasion. YDA President Rinchen Wacher presented the vote of thanks.
A series of book releases, “Musings from the heart” written by Gyalwang Drukpa and “Meaningful to behold: The Biography of the Glorious Guru” by Khenpo Shedup Tenzin were released. On the occasion, the 1st EDM Album of Ladakh titled Rythem of the Stars was also released.
The programme was followed by cultural performances by cultural groups, school and fellowship students.
After lunch, Chosdo – a religious Mantra recital performance by nuns of Druk Gawa Khil was also presented.
Later in the evening, Himalayan Cultural programmes and Bollywood renowned singer Kailash Kher mesmerised the audience with his singing. The festival will continue till September 20, 2018.
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