Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Gangtok, August 28: The Pang Lhabsol celebrations here in Gangtok today started at the Statues of Unity Park with offering of pujas to the guardian deity Khangchendzonga and the renewal of the faith in the oath of brotherhood between Khye Bumsa and Thekong Tek, which laid the foundation for the Sikkimese society.
The Boongthings and Lamas offered prayers to the guardian deity Khangchendzonga for peace, tranquility and prosperity in the State.
On August 28, the celebration started from early morning with the offering of prayers which were followed by a cultural showcase.

Pang Lhabsol, a festival commemorating the conservation of Mt. Kanchenjunga as the guardian deity of the state, is observed as the "Unity Day in Statue of Unity Park, Gangtok today. It has its origin in the Lepcha people's belief that the mountain is their place of origin. It is also believed that the festival has its roots in Lhatsun Chenpo's (the propagator of Buddhism in Sikkim) vision. It is said that while meditating in a cave at Dzongri in west Sikkim, the mountain the guardian deity of the state. Pang Lhabsol was traditionally held at Tsuklakhang, the royal chapel in Gangtok where it was a very solemn occasion, an event patronized by the royal family. Since its discontinuation at Tsuklakhang, Pnag Lhabsol has moved out of the sate capital to the interiors. . The festival of Pang Lhabsol is held on the 15th day of the seventh month of the Tibetan calendar.