His Majesty The King grants Das­sain Tikka

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His Majesty The King granted Das­sain Tikka and bless­ings to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Hindu com­mu­nity gath­ered at the Lingkana Palace in Thim­phu on 30th Septem­ber. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive each from the sixty gewogs of the south­ern Dzongkhags of Samtse, Sarpang, Da­gana, Sam­drup Jongkhar, Chukha, and Tsir­ang were joined by other rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Hindu com­mu­nity in­clud­ing the Hindu Dharma Sa­mu­daya.

The Durga Puja was held at Lingkana Palace, con­ducted by priests from the Hindu Dharma Sa­mu­daya.

Das­sain is one of the most im­por­tant fes­ti­vals of the Hindu com­mu­nity in Bhutan. Ac­cord­ing to Hindu scrip­tures, Das­sain is cel­e­brated to mark Rama’s vic­tory over the de­mon king Ra­vana. God­dess Durga is said to have played a piv­otal role in th­ese vic­to­ries, for which she is par­tic­u­larly wor­shipped dur­ing the Das­sain fes­ti­val.

The Tikka is an of­fer­ing made to god­dess Durga for peace, pros­per­ity and hap­pi­ness. The Tikka is a paste made of mix­ture of rice grains, curd, and red ver­mil­lion pow­der. It is ap­plied on the fore­head as a mark of bless­ing from the god­dess Durga.

El­ders and par­ents place Das­sain tika on the fore­heads of their chil­dren and younger mem­bers, to im­part bless­ings and pro­tec­tion to their fam­ily.

The Tikka used in the cer­e­mony to­day was sanc­ti­fied from the Durga 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.

Prime Min­is­ter Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay, and other se­nior of­fi­cials of the gov­ern­ment also took part in this spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion. Das­sain was de­clared a na­tional hol­i­day in 1980.

The Tikka is an of­fer­ing made to god­dess Durga for peace, pros­per­ity and hap­pi­ness

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