Hemis Gompa is a popular festival celebrated in the Ladakh region of India. Hemis Gompa is also celebrated in Tibet region of China, Nepal and Bhutan etc. It is celebrated to mark the birthday of the spiritual guru of Tibetan Buddhists, Padmasambhava.
Padmasambhava or the lotus-born was a tantric guru of 8th century who helped the monks in establishing the Hemis Monastery in Ladakh. The festival is celebrated with much zeal and zest in Ladakh and it attracts thousands of tourists locally as well as across the globe. Hemis Gompa festival is a two-day festival in which the second day is observed as the birthday of Padmasambhava in the Hemis Monastery.
Ten Lines on Hemis Gompa Festival
1) Hemis Gompa is a major festival which is celebrated by the Buddhists of Ladakh.
2) It is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Padmasambhava.
3) Hemis Gompa is a two-day festival which is celebrated in the Hemis Monastery.
4) The second day of Hemis Gompa is dedicated to ‘Padmasambhava’, the spiritual guru.
5) It is an annual celebration held on 10th day of ‘Tse-Chu’ lunar month.
6) Padmasambhava is considered great for Tibetan Buddhists and also known as Second Buddha.
7) Hemis is a great monastery or Gompa of the Drukpa lineage in Tibetan Buddhism.
8) Hemis monastery is decorated and coloured on the occasion of Hemis Gompa festival.
9) On the occasion of the festival, a fair is also organised promoting local art and culture.
10) The festival also makes the tourists familiar with the Tibetan culture, art and belief.
1) Hemis Gompa is a cultural and religious festival of the Buddhists people of Tibet celebrated in India, Nepal, Bhutan and other parts of world.
2) It is an annual festival held on the 10th day of the ‘Tse-Chu’ lunar month of Tibetan calendar which is the second month.
3) In Ladakh, the festival is also known as ‘Tse-Chu ceremony’, ‘Tse-Chu Cham’ and ‘Hemis Tse Chu’ whereas in Bhutan it is known as ‘Paro Tse-Chu’.
4) The festival marks the birthday of ‘Padmasambhava’ which is known as the Second Buddha according to the Buddhists of Tibet.
5) Padmashambhava was an 8th century Buddhist master as well as a spiritual guru who was incarnated as an 8 year old child on a lotus floating in the Lake ‘Dhanakosha’.
6) Padmasambhava taught tantric knowledge to a princess known as ‘Mandarava’ at Lake Rewalsar in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.
7) Later, he was married to Princess Mandarava and they both taught tantric rituals to the local Tibetans and became a known figure.
8) Hemis Monastery is the biggest monastery of Ladakh located in Leh tehsil of Ladakh locally known as ‘Chang-Chub-Sam-Ling’.
9) Masked dance performances called as the ‘Chham’ is the centre of attraction in the festival.
10) The festival of Hemis Gompa also brings economical growth in Ladakh region as thousands of local as well as foreign tourists visit the place.
Hemis Gompa festival is celebrated with much fervour. The exact date of the celebration is finalised by the Head Lama of the monastery. Since the monastery is surrounded by the cold and arid climate, it becomes bright and enchanting due to the colourful and mesmerising environment of the festival. People show different kinds of dance performances with drums, horns etc representing the specific mythological character.