Upon command of His Holiness the Je Khenpo, the Central Monastic Body is currently conducting a weeklong Kurim in Phuentsholing to avert the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The prayer ceremony began on Tuesday this week and will end on coming Monday.
The prayers are held at the Rinchending Goenpa and is led by the Laytshog Lopen with about 20 other monks who are reciting religious scriptures and offering prayers.
The prayers start as early as 5 in the morning and continue till 7 PM.
According to Laytshog Lopen Sangay Dorji, the Kurim is being conducted upon the command of His Holiness the Je Khenpo.
“As commanded by His Holiness the astrologers came together to see the astrological readings of the town. As the COVID-19 cases are more in the Southern belt, offering Kurim was one of the events to be conducted here to avert the risks posed by the pandemic,” he said.
Similar recitations and offerings are also being conducted in other places of Chhukha as well as in Sarpang, Samtse and Samdrup Jongkhar.
“More importantly, we are also giving away the holy water which His Holiness has prepared along with the holy water prepared by the Zhung Dratshang. It is being distributed to every household here in Phuentshogling. We also have plans to hoist 1,000 prayer flags here,” Laytshog Lopen added.
While Phuentshogling town has returned to a normal situation, the risk of COVID-19 transmission still remains.