Mani Rimdu Festival Trek is held as once in a year. The trek to the serene and scenic Tengboche monastery in the course of the auspicious Festival of Mani Rimdu. The prayers usually pray over many days but for the villager’s most spirited festival is when they get hold of the blessings from Rinpoche (a fairly ranked monk), and when the priests perform the masked dance outskirts of the Monastery. Mani Rimdu festival trek provides an exceptional opportunity to have fun and to be a part of this auspicious occasion inside the Himalayas of Nepal.
Mani Rimdu name comes out of the “mani”, a part of the mantra of Chenrezig, and “Rilbu” which might be the small red pills, which can be blessed in the course of the rite and distributions to all at the end. The Mani Rimdu in Tengboche is performed according to the way of life of Mindroling that came from Rongbuk monastery north of Tengboche in Tibet. At the beginning of the festival lovely complex mandala or sacred diagram is drawn in great colored sand. The sand is accrued from a special location excessive in the Himalayas. It takes 4 days to finish the mandala then it is covered and used as a focus for the next ten days meditation. In the course of the dances, symbolic demons are conquered, dispelled or subdued. The symbolism can be interpreted on many layers; the internal “demons” of hatred, greed, and ignorance overcome through meditation on compassion and wisdom. At the end of the ceremonies, the priests carry out the sacred mask dances known as “Cham”. There are sixteen dances with a few comic interludes that pleasure to the crowds. Those dances are a recreation of the status quo of Buddhism in the Himalayas by the legendary Padma Sambhava, referred to as Guru Rinpoche. The dances deliver Buddhist teachings on many stages from the simplest truth to the most profound realization.
A few of the important days, the first day of the festival, lamas from the monastery pray within the courtyard. The second day, you can see the lamas dancing with brocade coats and wonderfully painted paper-mouth masks. Hundreds of Sherpa’s from all over Khumbu attend the performance, as it is an important social occasion as well as a wonderful spectacle. Together with the serious and complicated dances the lamas additionally dramatize two absurd comedian sequences that make the entire performance a grand and an amusing event. On the final Evening of Mani Rimdu, the villagers join in and perform all-night Sherpa dance.
When is Mani Rimdu for the year 2019?
The Rimdu Festival celebrated in the 9th Tibetan month which usually falls in between October and November, right after the full moon of autumn. The date of the Mani Rimdu Festival is according to the Tibetan lunar calendar and the head lama of the Tengboche monastery declares the dates. The date of the Mani Rimdu festival of this year 2019 is 12th, 13th, and 14th November.
Short itinerary of Mani Rimdu Festival Trek
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters).
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters).
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters).
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Trek to Thyangboche (3860 meters).
Day 06: Thyangboche Mani Rimdu Festival 1st Day.
Day 07: Thyangboche Mani Rimdu Festival 2nd Day.
Day 08: Thyangboche Mani Rimdu Festival 3rd Day.
Day 09: Trek to Dingboche (4220 meters).
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters).
Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep (5180 meters).
Day 12: Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and Trek to Louche.
Day 13: Trek to Thyangboche (3860 meters).
Day 14: Trek to Monjo (2835 meters).
Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2810 meters).
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 17: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 18: Departure.
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