Annual Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony – 11 to 28 April 2016
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The main kalachakra deities.

On the second day of the puja, the monks of Namgyal performed the sacred ritual Kalachakra dance (sa-ghar). And on the third day, four monks of the monastery started making the colored sand mandala of the Kalachakra. The construction of the sand mandala was completed on 19th April.

Monks of Namgyal performing the sacred ritual Kalachakra dance (sa-ghar).

Monks of Namgyal performing the sacred ritual Kalachakra dance (sa-ghar).

Monks of the monastery start making the colored sand mandala of the Kalachakra.

Monks of the monastery start making the colored sand mandala of the Kalachakra.


The actual ritual ceremony of the Kalachakra began on 15th of third month of the Tibetan lunar calendar (22nd of April).

This year the ritual ceremony was blessed by the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who attended the puja on the first day.

Namgyal abbot Thamthok Rinpoche greeting Dalai Lama at Kalachakra Puja on 22 April 2016.

Namgyal abbot Thamthok Rinpoche greeting Dalai Lama at Kalachakra Puja on 22 April 2016.

Chanting on the first day of the Kalachakra Puja in the presence of the Dalai Lama on 22 April 2016.

Chanting on the first day of the Kalachakra Puja in the presence of the Dalai Lama on 22 April 2016.


The ritual ceremony concludes on 27th April with a ritual fire puja and then in the afternoon of the same day, the abbot will dismantle the sand mandala, which is one of the important parts of the ritual performance.

 Dalai Lama dismantling the Kalachakra mandala as part of the ritual.

Dalai Lama dismantling the Kalachakra mandala as part of the ritual.

Next day, the monks will take the sand collected in the pot for Nagar puja at the river side and will offer the sand into the river.

Go to the Kalachakra section for more information.

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