The annual Tordrup Puja and Losar Celebrations are quickly approaching. This is a festive time as the monks offer pujas to usher in the coming new year with many blessings. This year the tordrup puja will start on 26th of February.
The Tordrup puja is performed at the end of each year just prior to the new year celebrations. This Dharmapala puja consists of three days of recitations and prayers by all of the senior monks, geshes, tulkus, as well as the venerable abbot. The purpose of these pujas is to clear all obstacles and negativity for coming new year , as well as to create the causes for peace and prosperity for the community, sponsors and all living beings.
The Tibetan New Year (Losar), which is based on the lunar calendar, starts on the 2nd of March this year. One the first morning of Losar, the monks gather in the assembly hall for group prayers. Losar is also celebrated at Shar Gaden Monastery by visiting each of the labrangs ( labrang is a household within a monastery where esteemed teachers reside with their direct students). During these visits the monks offer incense and ritual scarves to the Lamas of the labrang. The monks also visit the abbot and other teachers of the monastery to wish them ‘tashi delek’ (good fortune) for the coming year.
During the losar celebrations, the monks have free-time to relax and take a break from their rigorous schedule. Losar is a time of great joy and excitement for all of the monks, young and old.
Below are pictures from previous Tordrup pujas and Losar celebrations. We will add more pictures of the upcoming celebrations soon.