The festival of Mani Rimdu is a three-day affair, taking place straight after October's full moon. Sherpas and travelers alike flock to the scene to be entertained, and educated about the fundamentals of Buddhism as practiced by the Sherpas in Nepal. The dances emanate from Tibet's Rongbuk Monastery on the northern side of Mount Everest, and depict the triumph of Buddhism over the earlier 'Bon religion'. The preparations of the festival are The Sand Mandala, The Empowerment, The Fire Puja and Mask Dance by monks. Hundreds of Sherpas from all over Khumbu attend the performance, as it is an important social occasion as well as an entertaining spectacle. Thus Mani Rimdu is a re-creation of legendary events; the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet by the great saint Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava). Through the dances, symbolic demons are conquered, dispelled, or converted to Dharma Protectors, as positive forces clash with those of chaos. The dances convey Buddhist teaching on many levels from the simplest to the most profound.
Mani Rimdu, a sacred ceremonies concluding in a public festival lasting for three days is a point of attraction for tourists all over the world. The festival falls in autumn, the best season to trek in the pristine mountains and Himalayas of Nepal. So, one can enjoy and experience Mani Rimdu along with the trek package in Nepal. Mani Rimdu is an opportunity for Sherpas and Tibetans to assemble and celebrate together with the Lamas.
Mani Rimdu is celebrated after full moon of October, November, and December in Tengboche, Chiwong and Thame monasteries. Phakpa Chenrezig, the god of compassion is worshipped during Mani Rimdu and prayers that are believed to benefit everyone are chanted. The Phakpa Chenrezig’s blessings are believed to bring peace and good fortune to all people.
After the sanctification of monastery, the monks perform the special mask dance at the place. This elaborate and meaningful dance played for three full days is the main show of the festival. It attracts a huge crowd. The dance symbolizes the restoration of the set up of Buddhism in Tibet and depicts the victory of Buddhism over the ancient Bon religion. The dance starts with a monk, playing master of ceremonies, dramatically pushing the audience back to clear an area around the courtyard of the monastery for the dancers. Heralds and incense bearers appear in the monastery entrance and slowly walk down the steps in single file, followed by musicians, some blowing bugles and clarions, while others beating drums and clash cymbals. Clapping and cheering by spectators are considered unnecessary and inappropriate, so the audience watches in silence.
The first dance begins with eight dancers in vibrant costumes sweeping down into the courtyard. They move in clockwise circles around the altar making offerings of food and drink to the Buddhist gods. The shrieking of horns and loud drumming precedes the much anticipated dance of Padmasambhaya, who is considered to be a second Buddha in Tibet. At last, Padmasambhaya slowly emerges from the monastery. In his right hand he holds a Vajra (thunderbolt of the gods), while in his left hand he wields a sacred dagger to be used in fighting off the demons. This dance is symbolic of the defeat of the evil spirits of the Bon religion by Buddhism. The Dance of the Celestial Drums, which follows, is a celebration of this victory.
The remaining dances of the day depict various aspects of life, many with a humorous twist to them. As the Mani Rimdu day draws to a close, rolls of parchment with ritual prayers written on them are burnt, to the accompaniment of chanted prayers. Everyone can rest, assured that goodness and peace will reign once more – all evil demons have been banished.
Day 01 - Nov 09: Arrive Kathmandu. Pickup and transfer to Hotel. In Kathmandu
Day 02 - Nov 10: Transfer to airport and (2840m) fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding (2610m)
Day 03 - Nov 11: Trek to Namche 3440m)
Day 04 - Nov 12: Khumjung (3780m) for acclimatization
Day 05 - Nov 13 : Tengboche Monastery (3860m) - Mani Rimdu Festival
Day 06 - Nov 14 : Tengboche Monastery - Mani Rimdu Festival
Day 07 - Nov 15 : Tengboche Monastery - Mani Rimdum Festival
Day 08 - Nov 16: Dingboche (4410m)
Day 09 - Nov 17: Lobuche (4910m)
Day 10 - Nov 18: Visit Everest Base Camp (5364m) and trek back to Gorekshep (5140m)
Day 11 - Nov 19: Hike up Kala Pattar (5550m) and back to Lobuche
Day 12 - Nov 20: Pangboche (3930m)
Day 13 - Nov 21: Namche
Day 14 - Nov 22: Lukla
Day 15 - Nov 23: Fly to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel. In Kathmandu. Own activities.
Day 16 - Nov 24: In Kathmandu. Own activities.
Day 17 - Nov 25: Free time until departure, transfer to airport, depart Kathmandu.
Cost: US$ 1820 per person Single room supp US$ 55 Cost includes: 01. All meals and standard accommodation in lodge during the trek 02. Service of trek guide and Sharpa assistant for bigger group above 6 person 03. Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.) 04. Accident insurance for staffs and porters 05. 3 day at Tengboche for Mani Rimdu festival 06. Flight Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu 07. National park entrance permit and trekking permit (TIMS) 08. Arrival and departure transfers. 09. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu using 2 star category on BB as per programme Cost does not include: 01. Personal clothing and sleeping bag 02. Personal accident and health insurance 03. Emergency evacuation and medical expense 04. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, mineral water, laundry, and tips 05. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned. 06. Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies
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- Price : USD 1820
- Destinations : Tengboche Monastery, Everest, Solukhumbu
- Max Elevation : 5545
- Weather : Autumn
- Trip Duration : 17 days
- Trip Grade : Moderate
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