Berhampur, June 17 (LocalWire): The Tibetan refugees of Chandragiri
in Gajapati district performed a special ritual today to appease Lord Budhha on the occasion of the last day of Saga Dawa, the holy month of the Tibetans.
The month-long festival of Saga Dawa began on 18 May to commemorate the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and nirvana. While most settlers, irrespective of sex and age observe a fast, the monks maintained silence to mark the day.
The monks started observing the ritual since last evening and will break their fast and silence after witnessing the first rays of the sun on Tuesday.
The Tibetans thronged the famous Buddhist monastery at Jeerang.
‘We consider the month sacred as Lord Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and Nirvana.
So we celebrate at the end of the month with a special ritual offering to Lord Buddha,’ said the chairman of the monastery, Tulku Tenzin Kunchap.
Besides performing the special ritual, the Tibetans wish the world peace and pray for the peace of the souls, who sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tibet, said Khenpo Pema Tenphell.
Several Tibetans also set free birds kept in cages and released fishes in ponds to mark the occasion.
‘We set them free so that they can attain Nirvana,’ said Pema.
Some settlers went to Guntur in Andhra Pradesh to purchase the fish so that they can release them in river Krishan.
About 4000 Tibetans are settled in five camps at Chandragiri, Takillipadara, Labarsingh, Jiranga and Mahendragada in the district since 1964, when they fled their homes land along with their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.