Kelzang Wangchuk | Samdrupjongkhar
Thousands of people gathered at Yongla Riwo Pelbar Dargeycholing Goenpa in Pemagatshel to receive nidrup la-wang on the morning of October 14 at the conclusion of phurpa drupchen.
People has gathered since early morning to receive the blessing of the main relic of Yongla Goenpa – ter-phur (ritual dagger).
Former drabi lopen of Zhungdratshang, Sangay Dorji, presided over the week-long annual drupchen along with 210 monks from Pemagatshel rabdey since October 6.
Phurpa or Vajrakilaya is the wrathful yidam (tutelary deities) who embodies the enlightened activity of all the Buddhas.
Lopen Sonam Tobgay of Pemagatshel rabdey said Vajrakilaya practise is considered as the most powerful teachings for removing obstacles, destroying the forces hostile to compassion and purifying the spiritual pollution prevalent in this degenerated times.
He said Phurpa has more than 130 deities, including two consorts of which one is in union with the main deity and another hidden.
Sonam Tobgay said drupchen is a form of an intensive practice that epitomises the depth, power and precision of the Vajrayana Buddhism, drawing together the entire range of skilful methods, mystical, ritual and creation of the mandala of yidam among others.
During the drupchen, he said that the monks also do a complete sadhana practice with visualisation, mudra and chant among others.
He said the drupchen is considered to be sacred and famous because it was believed that the drupchen was performed to destroy or to protect the Kamarupa’s battle from India. It has been more than 300 years today.
The Yongla Goenoa drupchen was said to have begun right from the time of Khendrup Jigme Kuendrel but however, it lost some of its significance during the successive lams. Lam Sonam Zangpo restored it to its present glory in the 1960s.
Since the Phurpa is the main relics of Yongla Riwo Pelbar Dargeycholing Goenpa, the Phurpa drupchen is performed annually to seek blessings from the deities for peace and harmony in the country.
Yongla Goenpa was founded and blessed by Khendrup Jigme Kuendrel following the instruction based on the vision of his master Rigzin Jigme Lingpa in the 18th century. It is believed to have been built by the second Yongla lam Dorji Jamtsho in 1736 after the demise of Khendrup Jigme Kuendrel.