Jambay Lhakhang Drub Festival

Area/Tetangga: Taba T Hanku Lam
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Tentative Date: 8 - 12 November 2022
Venue: Jambhay lhakhang. Bumthang
The festival is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Bumthang due to the famed Meywang or fire ritual and Tercham, also called the Naked Dance.
During the Meywang, a gate-like structure covered with leaves is set on fire as monks start conducting the ri tual. Devotees run through the burning gate which is said to cleanse their sins. The Naked Dance is believed to have been first performed by Guru Rinpoche during the construction of the Nabji Lhakhang in Trongsa to distract evil spirits obstructing the Lhakhang's construction. Tertoen Dorji Lingpa is said to have later instituted the dance at Jambay Lhakhang in the 13th century.
The four-day annual festival was established as a consecration ceremony of Jambay Lhakhang by Terchen Dorje Lingpa some 700 years ago after he renovated the Lhakhang. The Jambay Lhakhang marks the end of the festive period in Bumthang.

 

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