Mar. 19 In a nation that claims itself to be exclusively Buddihist in religous instinct, a seven-day Bhagawat recitation and illustrative explanations of its Sanskrit verses have begun in Damphu starting March 19, 2010. It is one of the biggest Bhagawat ceremonies held anywhere in Bhutan. It is conducted by Hindu Dharma Foundation of Bhutan, the only Hindu organisation of Bhutan that was formed last October.
The event on its opening day brought some 1500 ‘purana lovers’ to the site, a Hindu-Buddhist restful temple. Yoga, Cultural programs, bhagawat recitation, purana explations will be the main attractions for the program that will last until 25th instant of this month.It is believed that the ceremony will promote country’s rich heritage and pray for peace, prosperety and the well being of the country, its king and the people.
“We’ll recite religious epics like Bhagwat Mahapuran,” Said Pundit Dr P L Niroula, the executive member of the foundation.. The epic, he explained, would educate people on the importance of being a good human being and teach the basic principles of dharma. “Love, compassion and unity are its main principles,” he added.
Speaking in the opening ceremony, Dr. Niroula briefed the people on the importance of cultivating love and respect for the tsa-wa-sum. He also said that the foundation is conducting such religious functions in six southern district and are collecting data as to how many Hindu temples, priests, Pathsalas and Sanskrit students they have in the country.As he told the media that the data collected will then be submitted to Lhengtsho that will help improve Hindu religion in the country with more of such activities in future.
Tsirang lam neten Wangdi said, “religion was an important component of gross national happiness and the Constitution guaranteed religious freedom to all citizens. “It’s important to respect all religions,” the lam neten said.
Notwithstandng what the lamas and the pundits said, the question of religious tolerance was one of the root causes that gave rise to political unrest in Bhutan early in the decade of ninties.
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