Naropa’s six bone ornaments on display after twelve years
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.