Centennial birth anniversary of Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal starts

Monday, May 23, 2022 07:30 [IST]

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Centennial birth anniversary of Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal starts

DICHEN ONGMU

GANGTOK,: A day-long holy puja ceremony and colourful cultural performances were performed in the honour of the 12th and the last king of Sikkim – Late Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal on his 100th birth anniversary here at the premises of Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (NIT), Deorali on Sunday.

The NIT in association with 31 local organizations in presence of the local public from various communities across the State came together with full fervour and vigor to celebrate the centennial birth anniversary of Late Chogyal.

Representing the Royal family, Prince Palden Gyurmid Namgyal, the youngest son of the Late Chogyal, was seen interacting with the public during the celebration and enjoying the cultural performances fondly remembering his father on his birth anniversary.

Speaking to the media, Prince Gyurmid recalled how the late Chogyal loved his people and his kingdom Sikkim.

"I just hope that his big day won't just be confined to celebrations but people will ponder on how they can make Sikkim a much better place as that will be the best tribute to Chogyal, since he always worked for the betterment of his people", said the Prince.

He also mentioned the legacy of Chogyal is still intact citing examples of this very day where people are still preserving one's culture and history which was Chogyal's concern and priority as well throughout his life.

The Prince shared a fond memory of this day where he witnessed people from various communities volunteer and participate in the celebration showcasing their genuine love to the Chogyal on his birth anniversary. "Would love to be a part of such a grand celebration annually if invited", he said. 

Earlier in the morning, Governor Ganga Prasad inaugurated the Sowa Rigpa free medical camp organised by faculty of Sowa Rigpa, NIT in association with the Chogyal birth centennial celebrations committee on the occasion of the birthday tribute ceremony of Late Palden Thondup Namgyal, also the founder president of NIT.

The Governor accompanied by the cabinet ministers also offered khadas to the statue of Late Chogyal at the NIT garden.

NIT secretary P.W. Rinzing informed that the main aim of the celebration is to pay tribute to the Chogyal, to preserve the history of Sikkim and make the younger generation aware of it.

He also appealed to the State government to install the Chogyal’s statue at White Hall, Ridge Park and celebrate this day next year as a State level function.

Rinzing mentioned the centennial celebration to be a yearlong program which commenced from today and is divided into four quarters where various events like - quiz competitions, literary events, photo & painting exhibitions, release of booklet covering the life and contributions of the Chogyal, archery, cultural events, handicrafts/art exhibitions, release of the calendar and documentary film on Chogyal's glorious era are scheduled to be held.

Late Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal was a visionary and spiritual leader, highly involved in preserving and promoting Sikkimese art and culture, said Rinzing.

Late Chogyal also founded several other institutions like SNT, SITCO, Sikkim Jewels, Sikkim Distilleries Ltd, Sikkim Food Preservation Factory, handloom and cottage industry, STCS, Temi Tea Estate, etc., informed Rinzing.

The biggest gift Chogyal has given to his people is the Sikkim Subject Certificate and Certificate of Identification during the tripartite agreement of1973 with the Indian Government which safeguards the Sikkimese identity till date and continues to protect our future of the coming generations as well, said Rinzing.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi