Mcleodganj: The Kashag has issued an advisory for the most-awaited Trungkar celebration, the 86th birthday of the Dalai Lama on 6th July, amid the Covid-19 pandemic. In accordance with the Himachal Pradesh government issued guidelines and SOPs for social gatherings with restriction upto 50 people, Kashag Secretariat directed all monasteries and settlements to avoid congregation of public and instead, mark the day as per traditions: offering of the mandala and white scarves to the portrait of the Dalai Lama.
Most importantly, it has urged all Tibetans to recite the Chenrezig mantra, Om Mani Padme Hung, over 1000 times, or at least 10 rounds of the rosary, the collective roots of virtue which may be dedicated on His Holiness’ birthday.The six-syllable mantra is associated with the Bodhisattva of compassion and the patron saint of Tibet, Chenrezig. For Tibetans, the Dalai Lama is the human manifestation of Chenrezig. Every year, Trungkar is celebrated with grandeur, glory and festive spirit unlike any other. This year also, the day will be celebrated with the same fervour, but in a Covid-appropriate manner. In view of the ongoing efforts to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, CTA will broadcast the official Trungkar celebration via Tibet TV for all to join virtually from the safety of their homes.