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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Yuru Kabgyat Festival



Yuru Kabgyat festival is festival Jammu and Kashmir.It is a Buddhist festival.

This two day festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in a monastery of Lamayuru, in the month of July. It attracts hundreds of  Budhists from far and near to attend this two day festival of  Jammu and Kashmir. Budhists come from Tibet, Korea, China and Japan  to be a part of the festival. Colorfully dressed Buddhist monks come to attend this festival. The theme of the festival is ‘Victory of good over evil’. 

Mask dances are part of the Buddhists tradition. The dance form is known as Chham Dance. The dance drama is a very rich and joyful experience. Through this dance, the aim is to appease the diety and drive away calamities and protect the people from all evil spirits.
The Lamas dance in the form of circles with large colorful masks. This circular movement is often accompanied by drum beats, long pipes and cymbals. The masks are usually made from paper mache. The main figures participating are the Yama or the Lord of Death and Padmasambhava or the second Buddha. He is regarded as a protector of  mankind and all other living beings. This dance is a renowned dance drama which is held every year during the Yuru Kabgyat festival.  This dance drama concludes with sacrificial offerings.

The cham mask. The cham dance is a lively masked and costumed dance associated with some sects of Buddhism, and is part of Buddhist festivals.

30 comments:

  1. The mask dance looks very colorful Ushaji. The windmills brought back memories of childhood, we used to buy them from the balloon seller and run around chasing the wind...

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    1. Yes Reshma, childhood memories are very sweet.

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  2. Wow the festival as a whole looks very colorful! Never heard of this festival before!

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  3. Out of all the festivals, I think we know least about Buddhist festivals. Great job telling us about these.

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    1. Thanks Nisha. Thanks to A to Z ers that we knew about so many new fests.

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  4. Had never heard or read about this Buddhist festival! Thanks for sharing about it, Ma'am :)

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  5. This is totally new to me ; I hv added so much to my GK over this series !! Thanks for sharing this here !

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  6. I never heard of this before ... but it looks bright and colorful :-)

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  7. All the festivals carry the message of victory of virtue over the vices.This also seems to be charming. Nice write up ,madam.

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  8. Never heard of this one before. Appreciate your sharing with us so much of the great diversity of our rich culture.

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    1. Thanks Beloo. Thanks to this challenge that I have got such a nice friend. Keep in touch.

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  9. never actually read abt this! i agree with nisha. buddhist festivals r d least known! thanks for sharing dis with us :-)

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  10. The windmills are so colorful!! Interesting write up. ♥

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  11. Interesitng and colourful festival.

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  12. Never heard of this before, nice to know!! :)

    ~S(t)ri Writes

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  13. It would so beautiful to be able to see this festival. :)

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    1. Thank you Ava. Your comments mean a lot to me.

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  14. thanks for sharing

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  15. Never heard of this colorful festival before. Thank you, ma'am.

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