Zamling Chisang festival.

2nd July 2012.


According to the Tibetan Lunar calendar, today is 15th May of Dragon Water year which is a holy religious festival called Zamling Chisang (Universal prayer day). 

Around Lhasalocals are busy with burning incense all around holy mountains or hills like Chokpori, Bumpori and Gephel Wutse in order to celebrate the Guru Rinpoche’s (Padmasambhava) subjugation of local deities and the founding of the Samye monastery. The name of the Samye monastery was drew out after the Tibetan king or emperor was surprised by something shown by this great Guru Rinpoche, Samye literally means surprise in local dialect.



Historically during this period, Tibetans carry out more ritual activities or pilgrimage to near by monasteries to see the Cham (religious dance performed by monks with various masks of deities); especially Samye Dolde and Traduk Meltok Choepa festivals are the two most popular traditional and religious ceremonies during this festival. Tibetans spend overnights at the above two places and see these religious dances, most of people also go to circumambulate holy mountains by carrying holy scriptures on their should all the way in order to wash out sins and earn merits for their present and future life. It was because at the time of 38th king Trisong Detsen (742-798), Tubo Kingdom was beset by evil mountain deities hence the great Buddhist master Padmasambhava was invited from Kingdom of Oddyana to subdue those evil deities and turned them protectors of Tibet by using his tantric powers. That's how the Samye monastery was built in such a peaceful and clam environment which attracts lots of tourist from all over the world in the present days.
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