Gangtok, Nov. 28
After an interruption of nine years, ‘Sachue Bhum Drup’ – a prayer for the betterment and welfare of Sikkim and for the purpose of protecting Sikkim from any natural calamities was offered here at Lachung Samten Choling Gompa in North Sikkim. It observed twenty five days of continuous prayer. The session was graced by Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche of Himachal Pradesh who blessed the entire attendants present during the session. During the ‘wang’ (blessing of the Rinpoche), hundreds of devotees queued in order to obtain blessing from the 84 years old Rinpoche. The Chief Minister, Pawan Kumar Chamling was the chief patron during the closing ceremony of this 25 day long prayer session. He was also the first to be blessed by the Rinpoche during Wang. Palden Lachungpa of the organising committee who is also a monk of the monastery highlighted the importance of the prayer session. He informed that during the session four vases filled with mystical sentences were prepared and these would be placed in the four districts of the state for the wellbeing and prosperity of the area. “It will be kept in some hidden and sacred places”, he added.
Among the four, one vase was placed at the Teesta Hydro Power Project at the north stretch of Sikkim. When asked about the interruption of 9 years for hosting the prayer event, the organising committee informed that expenditure was one important factor. The session was attended by hundreds of monks from neighboring states of Darjeeling, Kalimpong other than the ones from Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim. The foreign monks from Bhutan also made their presentation during the session.
During this visit to North Sikkim, the Chief Minister also visited places like Naga and attended a public meeting where he listened to some grievances that were placed before him by the local people.
(Courtesy: Sikkim Mail)