Gangtok, 10 August (IPR): Guru Rinpoche’s Thungkar Tshechu (birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava) was observed in a grand manner in Gangtok today with a religious procession taken out through the town.
Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs Department, Shri Sonam Lama, graced the occasion and offered his prayers.
A religious procession started out from Dotapu Chorten Gumpa on a bright sunny morning today wherein a statue of Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) especially made and consecrated by H.H. Drodupchen Rinpoche was carried along with Ser-Treng, sZong Tingdar and rare Guru Terzoet main scriptures in 60 volumes.
The procession organised by Sikkim Buddhist Duechen Organisation and Sikkim Buddhist Association, Gangtok, with the support from various other religious organizations, NGOs, social organization and associations had the presence of school children, laymen and devotees in large number.
The procession was halted at White Memorial Hall where Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri P.S. Tamang (Golay) offered prayers.
The statue of Guru Padmasambhava was kept there for some time to allow the dignitaries and devotees to offer Jyaldar and prayed after which the journey of the procession led back to Chorten Gompa.
Revered as the patron saint of Sikkim, the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava is observed every year with prayers organized for all sentient beings.