Naropa’s six bone or­na­ments on dis­play af­ter twelve years

Bhutan Times - - Home - By Deki Lha­zom/ Ladak

The first day of Naropa fes­ti­val in Ladakh saw thou­sands of devo­tees gather to have a glimpse of the six bone or­na­ments which are con­sid­ered to lib­er­ate one upon sight. Prom­i­nent Drukpa schol­ars and hun­dreds of Bhutanese are also part of the event. The six bone or­na­ments were of­fered to Naropa upon his en­light­en­ment.

The crown, ear­rings, neck­lace, ser­alkha, ban­gle and an­klet make up the six or­na­ments. Once in ev­ery twelve years th­ese or­na­ments are adorned on His Ho­li­ness Gyal­wang Drukpa who is con­sid­ered the rein­car­na­tion of Naropa.

The six or­na­ments sym­bol­ize spir­i­tual re­al­iza­tion of Naropa for Drukpa Kagyud lin­eage. Marpa who is con­sid­ered one of the great trans- la­tors vis­ited In­dia to re­ceive teach­ings from Naropa who gave him the six or­na­ments and ap­pointed him as the le­gion into that. Marpa is then be­lieved to have handed the or­na­ments to his dis­ci­ples.

The dis­ci­ple of Marpa to re­ceive th­ese orna- ments was Ngog Chosku Dorji. From there on, the sa­cred or­na­ments have been hand­ing over up to the sev­enth suc­ces­sor, namely, Ngog ston Changchup pal. He is be­lieved to have of­fered th­ese or­na­ments to the sec­ond Gyal­wang Drukpa Kunkhen Kunga Paljor be­lieved to be the rein­car­na­tion of Naropa. When hand­ing over the or­na­ments to Gyal­wang Drukpa, Ngog Ston Changchup pal had said that he handed the spir­i­tual prop­erty to the real owner. Af­ter that, ev­ery Gyal­wang Drukpa in­car­na­tions had owned and have been dis­play­ing th­ese or­na­ments for the gen­eral public. This is be­lieved to elim­i­nate their sins and ac­cu­mu­late mer­its.

His Emi­nence Thuk­say Rin­poche, the chair­per­son of the event, said that it is his duty to in­form the entire as­sem­blage that the week­long fes­tiv­ity stands strong and firm on the two con­crete pil­lars of His Ho­li­ness’s mes­sage and goal namely need of time –an ecofriendly way of life and gen­der equal­ity in the form of Women em­pow­er­ment.

The six bone or­na­ments were dis­played to public on 16th Septem­ber and the day was graced by the Shri N.N.Vohra, the gov­erner gen­eral of Jammu and Kash­mir. The event also saw rare cul­tural per­for­mances from Ladakh, Bhutan and Nepal. The event will close on 21st of this month.

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