Naropa 2016: Huge Buddha Amitabha scroll (Thanga) unveiled

huge-buddha-scrollSource: Newzstreet Media Desk
Tue,20 Sep 2016

Summary: The thanka has been unveiled to mark the 1000 years of Naropa, the Buddhist scholar-saint. The 70 feet by 40 feet silk thanka has been gifted to the Hemis monastery by His Eminence Gyarawa Rinpoche of Taiwan where traditional artists made it by hand. The massive Buddhist scroll has painting of Sakyamuni Gautama Buddha.

HEMIS (Ladakh): The largest ‘thanka’ or scroll painting of Buddha Amitabha in the Himalayan region was unveiled on Sept 19 by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa at Naro Palace, the venue of the Naropa Festival 2016.

The unveiling ceremony was done in the presence of thousands of monks, nuns and followers of the Drukpa Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism amid chanting of mantras, prayers and dance by monks. The thanka has been unveiled to mark the 1000 years of Naropa, the Buddhist scholar-saint.

The 70 feet by 40 feet silk thanka has been gifted to the Hemis monastery by His Eminence Gyarawa Rinpoche of Taiwan where traditional artists made it by hand.

The massive Buddhist scroll has painting of Sakyamuni Gautama Buddha. The scroll also has images of Manjushri, Padmasambhava, Vajrapani and Avalokiteshwara and other Buddhist gurus. The thanka has a very special religious significance. It is exhibited on special auspicious occasions. It is believed that anyone praying to Buddha Amitabha earns merits that ensures rebirth in “sukhavati’ or land of the pure.

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