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Bumchu Festival

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Recently, the Bumchu Festival was celebrated in the Tashiding Monastery, located in the state of Sikkim.

About the Festival:

  • Bumchu Festival is the Tashiding holy water vase ritualwhich is a unique and important occasion that draws travellers from all over the world.
  • Annual performances of this ancient ceremony are held at the Tashiding Monastery, located in the western part of Sikkim.
  • The Bumchu festival commemorates a supernatural occurrence that took place in the 18th century under Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal.
  • Bumchu means “pot of sacred water” in Tibetan. The vase is opened during the event, and the water inside is shared among the worshippers.
  • The water is thought to have healing qualities and to grant luck and riches to those who drink it.
  • The celebration takes place on the 14th and 15th of the first lunar month, which often falls in February or March.
  • In Sikkim, the Bumchu festival is a time of intense delight and celebration.
  • At the event, pilgrims travel to Tashiding from all around India as well as from close by nations like Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Tashiding Monastery:

  • It is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites, located on a hilltop overlooking the Rangeet River in Sikkim.
  • Guru Padmasambhava, better known as Guru Rinpoche, the great Buddhist guru who brought Buddhism to Tibet, blessed the location of the monastery.
  • A Nyingma teacher named Ngadak Sempa Chempo Phunshok Rigzing later founded the monastery in the 17th century.

 

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