Sikkim: Gangtok Bustles with Devotion as Hundreds Join Sacred “Saga Dawa” Procession

Guwahati, 23rd May: Hundreds of devotees flooded the streets of Gangtok to partake in a sacred procession celebrating the “Saga Dawa” festival.

Amidst the resounding chants of religious prayers led by Buddhist monks and the rhythmic beating of drums, participants immersed themselves in the traditional festivities of Saga Dawa.

This event holds profound significance for Tibetan Buddhists, as it commemorates three pivotal events in Lord Buddha’s life: his birth, attainment of Enlightenment, and passing into Nirvana or deliverance, also known as the Triple Blessed Day. These events occurred on this auspicious day in different years of his life.

Throughout the procession, people offered prayers and burned incense at Tsuk-La-Khang monastery and various other monasteries, paying homage to the teachings and legacy of Lord Buddha.

It is believed that engaging in good deeds during the month of this festival yields rewards multiplied three hundredfold. To honor the occasion, individuals generously donate money to religious orders and monasteries, as well as extend alms to the needy, embodying the spirit of compassion and generosity espoused by Lord Buddha’s teachings.

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