Trhungkar Tshechu is celebrated by Buddhists in Sikkim in the belief that every year on this day, Guru Rinpoche comes back to Tibet and Sikkim from the southern cannibal country as promised to the then King Trisong Duetsen of Tibet when the latter had requested the guru not to abandon the kingdom.
Guru Rinpoche's entry into Sikkim in early eight century saw recognition of a number of lands sacred spots and he subjugated all local demons converting them into guardian deities of the land.
He made them promise that he would remain custodian of the hidden treasures and ordered especially three important deities - Khangchendzonga, PowHungree and Yabdue.
The abodes of all kinds of spirits in caves and mountains were subdued via his powerful mantras and blessed them. That is why there is a belief that a visit to the blessed or holy caves, lakes, mountains etc. erases years of sins and enthuses the minds with knowledge and wisdom.
Meanwhile, the main opposition party has refuted the allegations of the chief minister that the hunger strike called by Act is backed by political parties. ‘The strong willed members of ACT, who have taken up the genuine issue of protecting Sikkim and its people against the devils of Mega Hydroelectric Power Project do not need anybody’s support,’ they said.
The indefinite hunger strike continues.