Wangzhing Lhakhang

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Lam Gyelwa Lhanangpa.[1], who arrived from Sombrang Gonpa in Bumthang, subdued the beast at Dragong in Minjey, Lhuentse. The Lam Gyelwa Lhanangpa, after subduing the demon, blessed the communities. In response, the people offered land to the Lama, and they named the place as Wangzhing or relating, “land for the blessing”. The legend says Terton Pema Lingpa[2] built that Wangzhing Lhakhang. We believe that the people from the nearby villages gathered in this place to receive Wang or empowerment from the Terton Pema Lingpa during the consecration ceremony of constructed Wangzhing Lhakhang. Terton Pema Lingpa started diverse Tercham, which can be attended even now during the Wangzhing Rabney festival[3]

Wangzhing Rabney Festival

It celebrates the first day with Nubcham by the resident community. It takes the Nubcham towards the evening of the 24th day of the 7th Month of the Bhutanese calendar. Gonpo and Gonmo are major dances performed on the Nubcham day. On the second day, the dance of pig accompanied by treasurer dances of Zhana Chams[4], 12 animals birth signs dance, and other secret dances are represented. The festival concludes with a dance of three male relatives. As per the local people, these three relatives dance concludes the festival, because, during the consecration ceremony of the Temple, three people from other hamlets came to witness the ceremony, but they arrived towards the dusk when the ceremony was about to close.

The three relatives went to visit Terton Pema Lingpa. Terton informed them that the consecration ceremony had already ended, but still, he made these three male relatives conclude the sanctification ceremony, and even now whoever attains the festival sees the dance of the three siblings.

References

  1. "Nyö Gyelwa Lhanangpa: The Root of Sumtrhang". Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  2. "Pema Lingpa". The Treasury of Lives. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  3. "WANGSHING RABNEY FESTIVAL". Bhutan Happiness Colors. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  4. "ICHCAP". www.unesco-ichcap.org. Retrieved 2020-10-28.

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