Mani Rimdu Festival Trek, Tengboche is an important Buddhist monastery in the mountains of the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. It is in the Khumbu region of northeast Nepal, the home of the Sherpas. Tengboche is famous because of its spectacular and unique location. It lies on the main route to the Base Camp of Mount Everest and offers the first clear views of the highest mountain in the world. Tengboche became known to the world after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norgay Sherpa made the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. A lot has changed since those days when Tengboche was remote and inaccessible. Today over 30,000 people come ever year to enjoy the beauty of Tengboche and splendor of the mountains. Mani Rimdu is a 14-day sequence of sacred ceremonies and empowerment’s culminating in a public festival lasting for three days. It is an opportunity for Sherpa and Tibetans to gather and celebrate together with the monastic community. Mani Rimdu is a re-creation of legendary events; the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet by the great saint Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava). Through the dances, symbolic demons are conquered, dispelled, or converted to Dharma Protectors, as positive forces clash with those of chaos. The dances convey Buddhist teaching on many levels from the simplest to the most profound.
The Tengboche monastery was established in its present site by Lama Gulu in 1916 and has strong ties with the Rongbuk monastery in Tibet. Although there are older village monasteries in the area Tengboche was the first celibate monastery and follows the Nyingmapa lineage of the Vajrayana Buddhist teachings. The Mani Rimdu in Tengboche is performed according to the tradition of Mindroling that came from Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. The name comes from “Mani” part of the prayer of Chenrezig, and “Rilbu” which are the small red pills, which are blessed during the ceremony and distributed to everyone at the end.
There are many festivals but most famous is the Mani Rimdu. In Tengboche the Mani Rimdu Festival is performed in the 9th Tibetan month which usually falls in late October. It is also performed in Thame in the 4th month and in Chiwong in the 10th Tibetan month. The prayers will be said over many days but for the villages the most important part is when they receive the blessings from Rinpoche, and when the monks perform the masked Dance see Mani Rimdus once. After this the whole village gets together and dances until late in to the night at Tengboche. These colorful and festive celebrations are the culmination of ten days of prayers on the Buddha of compassion, Chenrezig. They are done for the benefit of all beings.
How to get Tengboche Monastery:
Please take a earlier flights to lukla. It is approached by a mountain trail from Namche, via the nearest airport in Lukla (2,800 metres (9,200 ft)) connecting to Kathmandu. Its approach is by a hard three days of trekking from Lukla. However, considering acclimatization needs for the high altitude climbing, a four day trekking is generally preferred. This trail crosses initially the Dudh Kosi (3,250 metres (10,660 ft)) river and a further climb leads to the Tengboche monastery at 3,870 metres (12,700 ft) altitude.
Permits and Fees for Tengboche Mani Rimdu Festival:
Tengboche Monastery is on Everest Region. The Everest region is preserved and managed by Sagarmatha National park, an world heritage site declared by the UNESCO. Every one doing a trekking in Everest region needs to obtain a national park entry permit, which is obtainable in Kathmandu and costs USD 30. Children below 10 years are free. And you should carry a TIMs Card which is available on register trekking agencies in Nepal, TAAN and Tourism Board and it cost USD 20.
Mani Rimdu Festival Date will be held: 6/7/8 November 2014