Geyzing, Feb 16
The annual Bhum Chu festival at Tashiding Monastery about 25 km away from the district town Geyzing is being held on 18 and 19 February. The final review meeting regarding the same was held on Friday here at Tashiding monastery. The meeting chaired by ADC (west) Karma Lodey Lepcha had the presence of SDM (Yuksam) Sonam Rinchen Lepcha, SE (Power) Sonam Dorjee Bhutia, BDO (Chongrang) Tshering T. Bhutia, members of the organizing, committee and local stakeholders.
Various aspects related to Bhum Chu was discussed in the meeting and resolutions were passed. It was decided in the meeting that registration of the visiting devotees is mandatory and two separate registration tables will be made available for the convenient of the visitors. The senior citizens and people from far flung places of the state and abroad as well will be given special care. It was informed that two separate queue lines will be set up for male and female devotees and one for senior citizens, monks and physically challenged. Prohibition on sale and consumption liquors, tobacco products and gambling within the monastery premises will be strictly imposed by the organizing committee. Medical facilities will be available at the spot to deal with any kinds of medical emergency. Considering the limited space available at the monastery compound for vehicle parking, entry towards the monastery from the main entrance gate of Tashiding bazaar has been restricted for all types of vehicles. However, in case of availability of space, vehicles coming from Nepal and Bhutan will be allowed parking on first come first served basis at monastery premises.
Chu (holy water) will be distributed to the devotees in the intervening night of 18 February.
Karma Lodey Lepcha, calling for proper management of Bhum Chu, exhorted that participations of organizing committee, government departments and local stakeholders is very necessary for the success of the festival. He said that roles and responsibilities assigned to the management committee should be handled in responsible way.
After the meeting, a team of officials and members of the organizing committee led by ADC Tenzing Lodey Lepcha visited the festival’s venue and took stock of preparations underway for the festival.
Bhumchu, a ritual ceremony held every year on the 15th day of first month of the Tibetan lunar calendar at Drakar Tashiding monastery. This year, the Ceremony falls on February 18-19.
It is believed that the sacred vase kept in a sealed room of the monastery fills up up with holy water within a year and the reason of water making its way into the vase is still unknown and unanswered till now. Bhumchu is a blessed water ritual ceremony that prophesies/predicts the future of the Sikkim. The amount and clarity of the water in the sacred vase is believed to be a sign of fortunes in the coming year.
Every year Bhum Chu ceremony draws huge numbers of devotees from different parts of the state and abroad as well. This year, the organizing committee is anticipating an increased numbers of visitors as compared to previous year and the committee is working hard to ensure to avoid any unwanted hassles and issues that crop up in the festival.