Why Mt Khangchendzonga is worshipped in Pang Lhabsol

Report by: 
DEEPAK SHARMA
MANGAN
30 Aug 2018

The Pang Lhabsol festival has been celebrated with fervour all over North Sikkim. At Lachung, special prayers have been conducted invoking the guardian deities of Sikkim and a ‘Wang’ for long life was performed by Venerable Lachung Rimpoche. At  LachenThangu Monastery a traditional cham was performed  by the monks and the warrior dance was performed by the people of Lachen Dzumsa.
At Ringhim Monastery prayers along with the traditional cham was also performed. A ‘Wang ceremony’ was also performed by Venerable Ronyed Rimpoche.
Rajya Sabha M.P. Hishey Lachungpa and Forest Environment and Wildlife Minister  T. W. Lepcha attended the ceremonies at all the locations.  Prayers in reverence of Mount Khangchendzonga and other deities were performed at all the places.
There is a belief in Sikkim that deities, spirits and supernatural beings inhabit mountains, hills, mountain passes, rivers, and lakes of the land of Denjong.  Among them, the mountain deity referred to as 'Dzonga', is considered to be their chief .Dzonga is believed to inhabit the peak of Mount Khangchendzonga and is held in great reverence by the Sikkimese.
Worshipping this deity is an important part of the religious ritual in Sikkim. As per Sikkimese Buddhist traditions, when Guru Rinpoche first visited Denjong, the land was being dominated by negative forces. The Guru, using his spiritual powers, convinced and converted these negative forces into deities. He then bound them through solemn oath into being protectors and guardians of ‘dharma’ and of all sentient beings.
The deities, led by Dzonga, are ceremoniously invoked and propitiated on several religious occasions- the most notable being Pang Lhabsol.