Friday, October 5, 2012

Mani-Rimdu Festival Trekking

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The Sherpas belong to the Nying-Mapa sect of Tibetan Buddhist which is self an outgrowth of the Manayana tradition Guru Rimpoche (Padma-Sambhawa an Indian yogi) is regarded as the founder of this old sect and spirtual leader. Legendarily born of a lotus in the middle of a lake, it is to Guru Rimpoche that the Prayers and mani wall inscriptions are address as ""OM MANI PADME HUM'', Hail to the jewel of the lotus. Religious book recount that Guru Rimpoche was a powerful Magician and sorcerer.

Sherpas People celebrate Mani-Rimdu Festivals at Tengboche monastery.
Mani-Rimdu Festivals is important festival  for Sherpa People.
The first celebration of Mani-Rimdu at Monastery of Tyangboche (Everest region) seems to have taken place some time in 1930. Mani-Rimdu normally takes place every year in the month of November (full moon, it can be changed depending upon Tibetan Calender) and at-least for three days.

 This festival came  from Rongbukh Monastery of  Tibet .
Mani-Rimdu is a prayer ceremony where the Monks put on masks representing divine personages and perform ritual dances.The spectators of devotion come from many village to gain Sonam (merit) from the head Lama's blessing and making corn and grain contributions to the Monk's community. This period coincides with the cessation of work in the village at the end of harvesting. Mani-Rimdu is the only big social event that draws together large crowds from all villagers in the Khumbu region.

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