Arunachal celebrates Sangken Festival

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Sangken Festival

Itanagar, April 16 : With solemn pledge and prayer for wellbeing of all sentient, three day Sangken festival of Theravada Buddhist community began with beating of drums and gongs from April 14. Along with Khampti, Singpho and Tikhak Tangsa Buddhist communities of Itanagar, First Lady of the State, Smti Jyotsna Sharma participated in the rituals during the day-long ceremony. She wished that the auspicious occasion, which marks the beginning of the New Year harbingers renewed prosperity in our wider community and also further strengthen the rich cultural traditions and practices of the people.

Attired in colourful dresses, hundreds of enthusiastic boys and girls thronged the premises of Theravada Buddhist Temple a Vivek Vihar to take part in the ceremonial bathing of images of Lord Buddha. During the festival, people take precept of abstaining from killing, lying, stealing, taking intoxicating drinks and indulgence in illicit sexual activities. People also refrain from doing all form of manual works, gambling and cutting trees.

In the evening people visit to monastery to offer prayer and illuminate candle, seeking blessing for peace, harmony and wellbeing of all. After ceremonial bathing of the images of Buddha and holy shrines people splash clean water on each other and greet for a happy and prosperous new year. Clean water is considered to be symbolic of purity. Sangken is considered as pious occasion to earn merit.

Earlier, the images of Lord Buddha were brought from main temple and ceremonially installed in a makeshift temple to facilitate devotee to give ceremonial bath to the images of Buddha and holy shrines. The three day festival will end with reinstallation of the images of Lord Buddha back to the main temple on 16th April next and community feast.

 

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