Every year, 3rd day of first lunar month is
celebrated as pema Lingpa day coinciding with his death anniversary. It is more
than a celebration of his death anniversary because it is a day where Bhutanese
pay tribute to its own country man who has great influence in the Bhutanese
history. Terchen Pema Lingpa was born to
Yap Dondrup zangpo and Yum Pema Dolma at Baribrang,Tang Bumthang. It believed that he was born with many
miraculous sign and he was extraordinary even as a child that could learnt reading, writing, iron works
and carpentry even without receiving formal instruction.
It is believed that Guru
Padmasambhava appeared in pemalingpa’s vision at holy site of Yige Drukma, blessed
him and placed in his hands an inventory of one hundred and eight major termas
to be revealed. Of all, one well-known story of pema lingpa which is about
burning Lake is still popular place visited by many people. As per oral
tradition, it is believed that pema Lingpa was criticized and on looked by people
when they heard about his vision. So it was said that he entered into lake with
burning butter lamp in his hand. He told onlookers that if he was false spirit
his butter would extinguished as he disappear into the bottom of lake. On that
incident, people were shocked and started to honor him as he emerge from water
with statue and treasure casket while on other hand butter lamp still burning.
Pema Lingpa and his descendent played crucial role in shaping
Bhutan into what we see today. One important and notable descendent includes
our wangchuk dynasty. Therefore we should feel proud and happy to celebrate
pema Lingpa day.
Pema Lingpa day was founded and proposed to Royal government of Bhutan by notable story teller, writer, director Pawo chonying Dorji from
Bhutan to celebrate its own Bhutanese hero.