Monks from the Zhung dratshang perform the Zhanag ngacham during the interfaith chanting at the Kuenselphodrang on June 9. The chanting is a part of the yearlong celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of India-Bhutan diplomatic relations.

Inter-faith chanting held at Kuenselphodrang

As part of the yearlong celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan, Thuendrel: Inter-Faith Chanting was organised at Kuenselphodrang on June 9.

The event began with the lighting of the lamp by Her Majesty the Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.

Gurbani chanting by Bibi Ashupreet Kaur and Sisters

Gurbani chanting by Bibi Ashupreet Kaur and Sisters

The event was an enchanting unison of two diverse cultures and three different faiths.

Monks from the Zhung dratshang presented Zhabdrung Phuensum tshogpa, Zhanag Ngacham, and Zhengshig Pem dance invoking Guru Rinpoche to protect and bless the gathering.

Performances from India included Vedic notes by Sawani Mudgal and group, and Gurbani chanting by Bibi Ashupreet Kaur and Sisters.

“Thuendrel is a unique event that draws on our common religious and spiritual traditions,” Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Jaideep Sarkar said. “Inter-faith event of this nature are important in today’s world to build mutual understanding and harmony among people of different faiths and persuasions.”

Staff Reporter

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