Gangtok, March 18:
Holy Bhumchu festival celebrated at Tashiding Monastary, West Sikkim after a gap of 2 years. The Tashiding Monastary after a gap of 2 years opened its doors for the devotees coming on the auspicious occasion Bhumchu festival from various places.
Prior to COVID-19 pandemic devotees from across the state and neighbouring countries gathered around the sacred Tashiding monastery to participate in the holy Bhumchu festival. Bhumchu, a pious Buddhist festival being held annually at Drakar Tashiding Monastery in the Gyalshing District of Sikkim.
The distribution of holy water [Bhumchu] and the audience of the holy Bumpa [Vase] commenced tonight from 01:15am onwards. As per the information received of the organizers all COVID-19 safety protocols have been strictly followed during the program. A total of 24,590 devotees were recorded to have reached the venue by 12 noon today.
Bhumchu is one of the sacred and unique festivals of Sikkim. It is believed that when Guru Padmasambhava was invited to Tibet, he performed holy rituals and blessed the land with water from his sacred vase. The sacred vase too was later consecrated and is treasured in the holy Tashiding monastery, Sikkim. Bhumchu represents our culture, ethos and prays for this festival to bring happiness, peace, and prosperity to the lives of the Sikkimese people.
On the occasion The Chief Minister of Sikkim, Prem Singh Tamang and Governor Ganga Prasad extended their warm greetings to the people of Sikkim on the auspicious occasions of Bhumchu