Leh, June 20, (ANI): The legendary two days Hemis festival celebrated in Leh on June 20. It’s also popularly known as Hemis Tses-Chu to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava also known as second Buddha begins today. Guru Padmasambhava introduced and flourished Vajrayana Buddhist tradition in the entire Himalayas. Two days annual Hemis Festival is celebrated on the 10th day of the fifth month of Tibetan lunar calendar which is believed to be the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava popularly known as the second Buddha. On the direction of His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa, the head lama of Drukpa lineage, the monks performed the symbolic mask dance without allowing any devotees to attend the festivals amid Covid-19. For the second consecutive year in the history of Ladakh the festival celebrated without public any participation. Due to covid-19 guidelines Hemis Monastery, the largest monastery of Ladakh announced to celebrate the symbolic festival without public participation.
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