\nThe head Lama at Enchey, a quiet handsome and dignified gentleman who rarely speaks to visitors, honored me with a detailed conversation about his life* and about the monastery.\n\nHe mentioned that Enchey, unlike the other monasteries in Sikkim, is not a Tibetan monastery but a Sikkimese one. Buddhism originated in India and then went to Tibet, so at Enchey they follow the earlier form of Buddhism and not the Tibetan form. Losar being the Tibetan New year is not celebrated here.\nHowever, since the date in the Buddhist calendar is significant, Enchey monastery organises a procession through the city in which a deity and 325 scriptures are taken out across the city.\n\nThe \u2018palkhi\u2019 temple mounted atop a car\nAt this monastery lamas of all ages congregate and I met one of the cutest baby lamas here.\n\n\nThe procession provided the most spectacular visual feast \u2013 with gorgeous hats, a varied display of unique musical instruments and beautiful ethnic faces. My Nikons and I felt like we were kids in a candy shop!\nThe preparations before the procession:\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe devotees, men and women of all ages:\nspinning the prayer wheels that house scrolls results in the inscribed prayers spiralling upward to heaven \n\n\n\n\n\nA devotee doing a \u2018kora\u2019 or circumambulation around the deity\nProstration\nDuring the procession devotees along the way touch the scriptures to their foreheads to receive blessings. These scriptures are carried by high school children and monks.\nThe procession begins with devotees and monks emerge from the hall in which prayers have been chanted all morning, carrying the scrolls on their shoulders and heads.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe beautiful hats of the various ranks of Lamas:\n\n\n\n\nThe Musicians\n\n\n\nThe drum carrier \u2013 an outsourced job..\nThe drum beating lama\nThe long hornsthat need a special person to carry the front end\u2026\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe procession does one kora around the monastery and then leaves for the city\u2026\n\nDevotees and monks carrying the scrolls follow the deity. The band leads the procession.\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe intoxication of the experiential feast stayed with me for hours and before I could recover from this one, another one unfolded at the next monastery the following day\u2026 wish there was enough time on these journeys to stop and savour every moment!\nme with the cute baby lama\nBack to Sikkim Diaries\njm\nmarch 2011\n* More about the Lama\u2019s life in a separate article here\n\nThe post Procession at the Enchey Monastery, Sikkim appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.