His Majesty, the King grants Dassain Tikka

The Durga Puja was held on 1 Oct at the Lingkana Palace by priests from the Hindu Dharma Samudaya. At the Puja, His Majesty offered prayers before the Goddess Durga.

His Majesty, the King granted Dassain Tikka and blessings to members of the Hindu community gathered at the Lingkana Palace on 1 Oct.  A representative from each of the sixty gewogs of Samtse, Sarpang, Dagana, Samdrup Jongkhar, Chukha, and Tsirang were joined by other representatives of the Hindu community including Dharma Samudaya.

The Durga Puja was held on 1 Oct at the Lingkana Palace by priests from the Hindu Dharma Samudaya. At the Puja, His Majesty offered prayers before the Goddess Durga.

Dassain is one of the most important festivals of the Hindu community in Bhutan. The festival, which lasts for 15 days, starts from the current new moon till the full moon on the Hindu month of Ashvin or Asauj.

The Tikka used in the ceremony today was sanctified from the Durga Puja. After being blessed by His Majesty, part of the Tikka was distributed throughout the Hindu Mandir and used in Tikka ceremonies in the homes of Hindu families.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and other senior officials of the government also took part in the celebration.

Dassain was declared a national holiday in 1980.

(This article has been edited for the Bhutan Times)

This article first appeared on Kuensel.


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