An auspicious rainbow around the sun blesses devotees on the first day of the Peling Tsechu at the grounds of the Buddha Dordenma statue at Kuenselphodrang on 2nd May 2016.
His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, along with His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and members of the Royal Family graced the Peling Tsechu held at Kuenselphodrang before the statue of the Buddha Dordenma.
Thousands of people attended the first day of the Peling Tsechu, which showcases the sacred dances of the Peling Tradition of Terton Pema Lingpa.
The event was organised by the People’s Initiative in Celebrating a Special Anniversary (PICSA) with the ministry of home and cultural affairs, and is dedicated to His Royal Highness The Gyalsey in celebration of the Royal Birth, as well as the commemoration of Guru Rinpoche’s birth year and the 400th anniversary of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namyel’s arrival in Bhutan.
The three-day Peling Tshechu ended on May 4 with a Wang (blessing) from Guru Tshengey. The three-day Tshechu started on May 2, coinciding with the auspicious day of the Birth Anniversary of The His Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo.
The Peling Tshechu is the divine enactment of the various visions and activities of Terton Pema Lingpa, whose descendants are the Kings of Bhutan. 16 different Chams (mask dances) were performed by dancers from Bumthang, Mongar, Wangdue, Trongsa, Pemagatshel and Lhuentse. In addition, cultural programs were performed by various schools and cultural institutes during the three-day tshechu.
The tshechu was supported by Ugen Trading House and was organized by People’s Initiative in Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary (PICSA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs (MoHCA).
The Director of Ugen Trading House said that they feel deeply honored and privileged to have such an opportunity to be part of the event, which is celebrated to mark many auspicious events.
He said, “We feel blessed because the three-day Tshechu was successful and people are blessed. We are happy to support such a big event.” More than 1,000 people gathered on the grounds to receive blessings from Guru Tshengay.