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LEH: Stok Guru Tseschu, a two-day annual monastic festival of Stok, concluded on Monday after oracles, believed to be in complete trance, performing rituals driving away the evil spirits for a peaceful and prosperous year ahead in the world.
Every year, Stok Guru Tsechu is celebrated on 9th and 10th days of the first month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. The first month is also observed by the Buddhists of Ladakh as one of the holiest months of the year and prayers are held in every monastery and in villages for a peaceful year for all sentient beings.
On the occasion of Stok Guru Tsechu monks performed impressive mask dances symbolizing the manifestation of different deities.
Others attraction of the festival is the two oracles in trance and photography of the oracles are somehow strictly prohibited. It is learnt that after deep meditation for months, these oracles come in trance and perform rituals to drive away evils. They also give predictions for future and regarding unforeseen. Out of strong belief, people seek prophecies and advices from these oracles.
Besides thousands of devotees from different parts of Ladakh, many domestic and foreign tourists were present.
CEC, LAHDC, Leh Dorjay Mutup, Executive Councilors and Councilors also attended this festival. While interacting with the media, Executive Councilor for Tourism Tsering Sandup said that Ladakh being known for its unique monastic festival and rituals, such events attract tourists from across the world and it is important that Ladakhis preserve and promoting such festival not just as a showcase for the tourist but to pass on the legacy to the future generations.
Every year, preparation for this festival starts from a year in which four families of the village known as ‘Nerpa’ are assigned the duty on rotational basis to organise the festival.
The four organizing families go from door to door to make donation for the festival and people generously contribute for the festival in cash and kind.
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