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In pics: Sikkim team prepares to perform ‘Pangtoed Cham’ at R-Day parade in Delhi

GANGTOK: A team from the Himalayan state of Sikkim is preparing to perform the Pangtoed Cham (a kind of Buddhist dance ritual) that will represent Sikkim during the Republic Day celebrations in the national capital New Delhi on January 26 next.

The team from Sikkim has already reached the national capital Delhi and the dance will be held under the supervision of Loben Yangchok Lachenpa.

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What is the significance of the Pangtoed Cham?

Every year, the ‘Pangtoed Cham’ is performed on the final (eighth day) in homage and gratitude to the mountain of the ritual of Pang Lhabsol, held in the Sikkimese monastery of Pemayangtse, in the shadow of Mount Kanchenjunga.

Sikkim annually celebrates the festival of Pang Lhabsol which falls on the fifteenth day of the seventh month according to the Tibetan calendar.

Mount Khangchendzonga is worshipped in Sikkim as the chief guardian deity on Pang Lhabsol. 

Recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs had issued notification allowing as many 25 peaks of Mt Khangchendzonga for commercial expeditions. In wake of massive protests, on September 4th, 2019, respecting the religious beliefs of the Sikkimese people, the Ministry withdrew the notification.

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