The last rites of the Tibetan monk Drubwang Pema Norbu (Penor) Rinpoche, who passed away four years ago at the age of 78, was held at Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe, near Kushalnagar in the district yesterday. The last rites were performed as per the Buddhist rituals.

Devotees from different parts of the world including Thailand, USA, China, Nepal and other countries visited Bylakuppe and paid their last respects. It is believed that around 30,000 devotees participated in the ceremony held yesterday.

The body of the Tibetan Monk was placed on a specially designed mantap and priests chanted prayers continuously while the cremation rituals were being performed. Lama Penu Rimbushe of Nepal had come to chant prayers during the last rites.

According to the belief of the devotees, the last rites of the Lama Rinpoche were performed after his rebirth. The body was preserved for four years using chemicals and many devotees visited Bylakuppe throughout four years to pay their respects. Only after the rebirth was confirmed, the last rites of Lama Rinpoche were performed.

The authorities have not revealed the place where Rinpoche is said to have reborn.

Sources said that the place and identity of the child would be revealed in a few days’ time.

Minister for Religion and Culture of the Tibetan Government in Exile Pama Chhonjor visited Bylakuppe to participate in the last rites.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore