Drukpa Order announces “The Kumbh Mela of Himalayas – Naropa 2016”
This year will mark one thousand years of the Festival.
The Gyalwang Drukpa, leader of the Drukpa order, invites everyone to
be a part of the biggest Buddhist Festival in the world
New Delhi, January 9, 2016: The Drukpa Order announced the dates for the “Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas – Naropa 2016”, named after the Indian scholar-saint Naropa. It is the biggest and most prominent Buddhist festivals in the world and attracts tourists from India and abroad. Referred to as the “Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas”, Naropa 2016 will be celebrated throughout the month of July 2016, at Hemis Monastery, the seat of the Drukpa Order in Ladakh.
Naropa heralded the beginning of a rich tradition in Buddhist philosophy. His legacy and lessons traversed the Himalayas and shaped the identity and culture of many peoples and continues to have a lasting impact in the modern world. His life is upheld as an example of determination, perseverance and endurance. His teachings of the Six Yogas of Naropa are fundamental pillars of the Himalayan Buddhist tradition. His legacy of experiential learning and active compassion helped civilization flourish far beyond India and its neighbors.
The festival includes an elaborate ceremony where His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, head of the Drukpa Order who is revered as Naropa’s reincarnation, dons the Six Bone Ornaments. The program will include the rare and epic display of the silk embroidered three story image of Guru Padmasambhava.
On the day of Ladakhi New Year Celebration in New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, His Holiness shared that, “It is my privilege to announce that the Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas – Naropa 2016 will be celebrated in July 2016 at Hemis Monastry. We welcome you all to join us in Ladakh for the festival”.
The announcement was made in the presence of prominent BJP MPs Dr. Chandan Mitra and Narendra Singh Tomar who were present at the event to launch a coffee table book in honour of the Eco-Pad Yatra led by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa in 2014.
About Drukpa Lineage: The Drukpa Lineage (the “Dragon Lineage”) is an integral part of Himalayan and Central Asian legacy and culture. Dating back to the Indian scholar-saint Naropa, the Drukpa Lineage is woven throughout the history of Buddhism, India, the Himalayas and Central Asia.
The Drukpa Lineage follows the Mahayana Buddhist tradition in philosophy, i.e. the philosophy of “enlightenment for the benefit of others” and the methods are based on the Tantrayana teachings passed down from the great Indian saint Naropa, who was born a prince in 1016. It acquired the name “Drukpa” in the twelfth century when the reincarnation of Naropa, Tsangpa Gyare, saw nine dragons fly up into the sky from the ground of Namdruk. The present Gyalwang Drukpa is the twelfth incarnation of the founder of the Drukpa Lineage.
The Drukpas are best known for taking its meditation practice off the mat and into the world – converting compassion into action to tackle the world’s challenges.
Because the Lineage makes its home along the most important historic trading routes, its core tenet of Ultimate Truth fostered and nurtured great civilizations throughout the region including modern day Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, China, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Today, the Drukpa Lineage sprawls over major parts of the Himalayas, especially in Ladakh, Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti in India, as well as Bhutan and Nepal. Bhutan, also known as “Druk Yul” or “Land of Thunder Dragons”, honours the Drukpa Lineage as its state religion. The lineage is also widely practiced in many countries throughout the world, especially Vietnam, another nation deeply influenced by the legends of “Dragons”.