Photographer's Note

New Ralong Monastary
4 km from Borong .. Sikkim ..
The monastray hosts an annual festival when his highness The present Karma Pa comes to this monastary. The festival is also attended by monks from far and near. Monks come from westbengal .. all parts of Sikkim, nepal, bhutan and uttaranchal. We saw a beautiful Lama dance .. monks dressed up in traditional dresses, paying their homage to Lord Buddha. They wore masks of various shapes colours and patterns. These are believed to different forms of Lord Buddha fighting evil from this mortal world. But in order to fight away demons Buddha himself must also be equally strong and cunning as the devil himself. So Lord Buddha takes the form (Avatar) of an equally powerful devil (Rakshasha) and fights him to bring peace onto earth.
The dresses, the colours, the music, the dance .. was simply exhilarating leaving us breathless for minutes.

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