India has gifted a statue of Buddha to Bhutan on the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. Born in 8th century India, Guru Rinpoche also referred to as Guru Padmasambhava was responsible for spreading Buddhism to Tibet, Bhutan and other parts of Asia.
The statue as a part of the cultural connection is being given by the Indian council of cultural relations of ICCR to Bhutan.
Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President of ICCR at the virtual occasion organised by ICCR said that the statue, “symbolises not just our age-old cultural ties, but also our shared commitment to the values that Buddha taught us” and therefore the “relationship between Bharat and Bhutan is laced with cultural bondage since time out of mind. The things that were destroyed in Nalanda and other similar places are the assets saved by your monasteries, stupas. We owe tons to our friends in Bhutan.”
Bhutan has many important places of pilgrimage related to the leader including the Tiger’s Nest monastery where he’s said to possess meditated. The Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche is a legal holiday in Bhutan and is observed on Sunday, 20th June this year. The birth anniversary comes on the 10th day of the 6th moon which is typically June or July under the Gregorian calendar
At the virtual event explaining how ‘Guru Rinpoche’s philosophy lies at the guts of Bhutan,’ India’s envoy to Bhutan, Ruchira Kamboj said, “Our embassy feels great honour handy over the statue of Buddha from India to Bhutan especially on this auspicious occasion”.