His Majesty Grants Das­sain Tikka to Hindu Com­mu­nity

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11 Oc­to­ber 2016, Thim­phu: His Majesty The King granted Das­sain tikka and bless­ings to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Hindu com­mu­nity gath­ered at the Lingkana Palace. The rep­re­sen­ta­tives were led by Ly­onpo DN Dhungyel and Ly­onpo Dawa Gyalt­shen.

Das­sain, (which is also known as Dusshera) is the most im­por­tant of Hindu fes­ti­vals, cel­e­brated by bil­lions of Hin­dus across the world. Das­sain oc­curs on the tenth day of the fes­ti­val, fol­low­ing prayer cer­e­monies ded­i­cated to god­dess Durga.

The Durga Puja was held at the Lingkana palace yes­ter­day, con­ducted by priests from the Hindu Dharma Sa­mu­daya. His Majesty of­fered prayers along with Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen and His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey at the puja cer­e­mony.

Pan­dit Narayan Sig­tel, who led the prayer cer­e­mony, said that the puja was con­ducted for the peace and well­be­ing of the coun­try and peo­ple.

The tikka used in the cer­e­mony today was sanc­ti­fied from the puja. After be­ing blessed by His Majesty, part of the tikka was dis­trib­uted through the Hindu mandir, and used in tikka cer­e­monies across the homes of Hindu fam­i­lies.

Ac­cord­ing to Hindu scrip­tures, Ram, who is ex­em­pli­fied as a divine King and a rein­car­na­tion of Vishnu, is said to have of­fered prayers to god­dess Durga, be­fore de­feat­ing the demon Ra­vana on the tenth day. Das­sain cel­e­brates this vic­tory of good over evil.

“To re­ceive tikka from par­ents and el­ders on Das­sain is con­sid­ered a mark of great for­tune, as it sig­ni­fies the con­fer­ring of in­valu­able bless­ing and pro­tec­tion,” Narayan Sig­tel said. “His Majesty The King is be­lieved to em­body Vishnu, the pro­tec­tor de­ity, and for the peo­ple of Bhutan, His Majesty is also a fa­ther fig­ure. The tra­di­tion of re­ceiv­ing tikka from His Majesty The King is there­fore, supremely aus­pi­cious– sym­bolic of His Majesty’s con­tin­ued bless­ing and pro­tec­tion over the peo­ple.”

His Majesty granted tra­di­tional Das­sain lunch to the rep­re­sen­ta­tives after the tikka cer­e­mony.

The oc­ca­sion also marked His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey’s first cel­e­bra­tion of Das­sain.

This year’s Das­sain marks the first time that His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey cel­e­brated the fes­ti­val. His Majesty granted Das­sain tikka to the rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the Palace.

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