Nation observes Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana
Thousands of devotees including tourists across the nation offered prayers and butter lamps in Lhakhangs and Goendeys to observe Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana, Duechen Nga Zom, on 9 June.
Buddhist practitioners around the country were engaged in many auspicious and merit-making activities such as personally devoting oneself to the path and making extensive offerings.
Religious practices such as visiting monasteries, turning prayer wheels and making offerings are believed to double spiritual merit on this day.
In Thimphu, residents visited monasteries and temples, including the Tango monastery and Chari, Changangkha Lhakhang, Jigmenang Nide Rabtenling Monetary and Simtokha Dzong.
Other religious sites like National Memorial Choe- ten were packed with people who came to offer prayers, butter lamps and visit the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition, which ends today.
In Paro, devotes including tourists visited Kichu lhakhag, Rinpung and Drukgyel Dzong and Taktsang.
The prayer ceremonies were also held to pay tribute to Lord Buddha. Apart from visiting monasteries, chortens, holy places, religious sites, people also offered prayers and butter lamps in honour of Lord Buddha.
His Holiness the Je Khenpo, Trulku Jigme Chhoeda appointed Trulku Thinley, 41, as the Zhung Dratsang’s new Yonten Lopen while the Chief Justice Tsheirng Wangchuk inaugurated the royal court of justice in Wangdue.
Some devotes offered a Lord Buddha’s statue to Lhakhang to mark the auspicious day for the contributions of Buddha by far, unparalleled in the history.
Duechen Nga Zom is one of the most auspicious days for Buddhists all over the world. It is a day that the Buddha was conceived, born, subdued evil, gained enlightenment and attained Nirvana.
The month is considered Saga Dawa, in Bhutan, which is the cel- ebration of Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and Parinirvana. Bhutan bans import and sale of meat during this holy month.
Duechen Nga Zom is observed on the fifteenth day of the fourth month in the Bhutanese calendar which this year falls on 9 May.
Among many great deeds of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni recorded, there are twelve most important deeds, most famous among which five are included in the Parinirvana.
His birth at Lumbini, victory over the leader of Maras, Papiyan, attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, his first sermon at Deer Park and entering Parinirvana at Kushinagar are observed on the day.
Lord Buddha is revered as one of the three most important religious personalities in Buddhism in Bhutan, other two being Guru Rinpoche and Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel.