Wednesday 21 Aug, 2019

Naropa festival in Ladakh, which takes place once in 12 years

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The Naropa Festival, carnival of Buddhist spirituality, conducted once in 12 years. On my way to Hemis, Ladakh saw a wide variety of views. The Naropa Festival is observing in the 12th anniversary of Naropa, a scholar who has been a proponent of philosopher in the 11th century.

Organisers say the fourth edition of the Naropa festival, a celebration of the 1,000th birth anniversary of the great Indian saint Naropa, is likely to see more than 200,000 devotees, mainly from Ladakh, Bhutan and Nepal, during the week-long celebrations, beginning September 16. It's rightly called the Kumbh of the Himalayas.

The festival also attracts people from across the globe, including celebrities. In 1980, the first Festival of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi participated in over half a million followers. Then in 1992 there were over 80,000 believers and in 2004 of 1,35,000 participants. In the year 2016, the ceremony was held under the leadership of Gaiwang Drukpa, the spiritual leader of the Drugs Buddhist Mass. The rallies lasted for a week. Many people from different parts of the country and foreign countries have been invited to attend the Naropa Festival. The performances of artists from different countries also took place here. Shreya Ghoshal, Shivamani and Shankar Mahadevan were also present on the occasion.

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