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Region : Sikkim
Popular Spiritual Festival : Phanglhapsol
Prime Religions : Buddhism & Hinduism
Almost 2/3 population of Sikkim consisits of the Nepalese community and they follow Hinduism. Till today, Lepchas are halt believers and follow old customs. They believe in Shamans and spirits, who prevent illness & control over ceremonies like marriage, birth and death. The Bhutias of Sikkim Follow Buddhism and there were the one who was responsible for transforming the Lepchas into Mahayana Buddhism.
Buddhism religion was established in this state, majorly due to trouble within the Tibet's Buddhist during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The reason of the trouble was improvement which was brought within Tibetan Buddhism through Atisha or Dipankar Srijana, he was an Indian priest, who had visited the Tibet nation during the tenth century. He had guided a missionary journey during the 1042 & taught moral abstinence & chastity & he had conflicts against Tantric arts. The reformed order & Gelugpa started through the great Dalai Lama. The old order or unreformed was Nyingmapa, its inspiration source were that time's holy and brilliant mystic yogis. Nyingmapa had traced their origin till immense yogi Milarepa. They had opposed the Gelugpaand's reform that preserved their beliefs through the Tantric practices. The breach among the 2 sects and followers depended. During that time, Gelugpa sect was lead through Dalai Lama, he had become a famous influence over the Tibet.
Prime Festival :
Phanglhapsol is a prime festival of Sikkim state. On the festival occasion, people perform mask dances as a respect of Kanchenjunga, who is a prime deity and located in the mountains. The duration of the festival is of 2 days. During your trip of Andhra Pradesh state, you must visit the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, here you will get a golden opportunity to read the historical Tibetan books, this is a single institute that contains largest numbers of books. Sikkim state's majority of Buddhist cloisters are depositaries of artifacts, Tanks, wall paintings or bronze and Thangkas images.