Gasa rabdey to Lunana for wellbeing

The Gasa Lam Neten and 11 other monks departed from Gasa yesterday for Laya. They will be in Laya for a few days before proceeding towards Lunana.

The Rabdey’s visit I understand is primarily to start and install a “sachu bumdre” or offerings to appease deities. This ancient buddhist ritual is performed to seek protection from natural calamities like floods, land slides and others by appeasing deities. 

With the Lunana GLOF works underway, the Lam Neten hopes that this effort from the Rabdey would help the works run smoothly and also, reduce risks for settlements down stream in the Punakha valley and beyond.

The huge hydro power projects on the puna tsangchu with the source of the river being in Lunana would also be a focus as “sa chu bumdre” is normally performed at the source of rivers to avert risks as a traditional practise.

Interaction with the local communities there as they pass along would also greatly benefit the people. Laya has a lam from the dratsang in addition to another lam at a lungu community goenpa, however, for the lunaps it would be a welcome visit.


About Sangay Khandu

Elected to Parliament of Bhutan twice. Previously worked with the Central Bank, the largest SoE (power utility) and international organization.
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