The precious images of the consecration ceremony for the Grand Liberation Palace of Peaceful and Wrathful Deities (Part Two)

The first day of the ceremony:

On July 20, different from its usual quietness, the flower-crowded sacred mountain Damchen was full of cheers and waves of laughter, with prayer flag mandalas flying around and colorful garlands waving everywhere. The river of Golden Horse flowed cheerfully.  White clouds drifted across the clear sapphire sky. The auspicious haloes and double rainbows appeared many times above the mountain. The cluster of stupas were crowded by fresh flowers and the golden roof of the Grand Liberation Palace of Peaceful and Wrathful Deities shone brilliantly with lights.  When looking around, there were vajra brothers and sisters everywhere, either turning the prayer wheels or waiting with an excited look. The wind chimes hanging under the eaves danced with the wind, making wonderful melodies that spread far into the foothills of the sacred mountain...

Not far away from the Palace, stood a temporary-built golden tent that was about three-storage high. This is the main hall of the consecration ceremony, a temporary sutra hall for sanghas' recitation. At 10 o'clock, Erkin Nyima Rinpoche, Abbot of Jiaxiu Monastery, who sat on the throne, took lead of more than 70 sanghas and started sutra recitation with his heavy and solid voice that announced the opening of the ceremony. At the pause of the sutra recitation, Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche led disciples to provide large offerings to Erkin Nyima Rinpoche and sanghas and dedicated the merits for all disciples.

In the evening, the aroma of weisang rose gradually to purify the atmosphere and to welcome the most venerable guest.  Dewyai Dorje Rinpoche arrived with the convoy that went to pick him up. More than six hundred vajra brothers and sisters stood at both sides along the road, forming a hundreds-of-meter-long array between the square of the palace and the entry of the valley. Everyone held a sacred hatta, offering their highest worship to the venerable lineage master.