"Over every mountain, there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley." - Theodore Roethke
Mani Rimdu Festival and Everest View Trek is simply one of the best combinations of two breathtaking aspects (culture and nature) of the Khumbu region of Nepal. Mani Rimdu festival, in the Tengboche Monastery, is a chain of the 19 day celebration and series of events of empowerment that take place from the 1st day of the tenth month of the Tibetan calendar. Marking the naissance of Buddhism in Tibet by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), the celebration ends with three days public festival in which local people come to receive the blessings from Rinpoche.
The Mani Rimdu Festival
The Mani Rimdu Festival begins with the creation of the Mandala (a symbolic palace of the Lord of Dance), a complex design made of colored sands surrounded by protective blades representing deities. While chanting mantra during the ceremony, a bowl of Mani Rilwu tablets (spiritual medicine) is put above the Mandala's center, which is thought to receive kindness. On the day of Wong (the empowerment), the opening day of the public ritual, which takes place on the full moon day of the tenth month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar, these pills, together with Tshreel (long life pills), are presented as blessings to the guests. On the second day of the festival, the monks also perform Chham, or mask dance.Throughout the festival, 16 dances are performed in total. Some represent bad forces being dispelled, vanquished, or changed into Dharma defenders, while others express Buddhist teachings on many levels. The festival concludes with Jinsak (Fire Puja), an offering to the god of fire (Agni) and Mandala to rid the world of all destruction. It takes place the day after the monks' dances. After that, the Mandala is demolished, and the sand is offered to the Serpent God in the spring underneath the monastery, bringing the festival to a close.
Trekkers interested in participating in the Mani Rimdu Festival's Everest View Trek should schedule their trip at the end of October or early November. The event lasts three days, and the exact dates are determined by the Tibetan calendar, which will be provided upon request once the head Lama of Tengboche monastery has announced the festival (Mani Rimdu this year, 2022, will be celebrated from 8th to 10!^&th November). Trekking the Everest View Trek with Mani Rimdu provides trekkers with a wonderful opportunity to witness monks perform rituals (plays, masked dances, prayers, and feasts), receive blessings, and gain insight into the Sherpa people's unique culture, all while enjoying spectacular views of some of the world's highest peaks,Mt. Everest is one among them.
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