Monday, November 30, 2015

The GCRFEV distributed blankets, mats, lentil daal, sugar, salt to the Earthquake victims in the village in the Mahamanjusri Nagarkot municipality. There were 70 families from that village who received the relief materials. Most of the families had their houses completely damaged by April 25th Earthquake and many aftershocks following it. Now for the temporary shelter, they made the makeshift homes of Zinc sheets. But they were living under them somehow satisfactorily in the summer season, but as the winter season approaches, they are now feeling extremely cold under them and specially in the night, the cold is so much intense that they really shiver. So what they need utmost now are blankets and warm mat sheets. The GCRFEV provided all of these necessary items to them with the help of Rajya Laxmi Guruma and our GCRFEV team member Mr. Kishor Bhai Bajracharya. Mahamanjusri sthan is a very holy pilgrimage place dedicated to Manjusri Bodhisattva. According to Svayambhu Purana, Bodhisattva Manjusri came from Five Peak Mountain in China to the Kathmandu Valley which was a big lake at that time. In order to measure the depth of the lake so that he could drain the water, he made his way with his wives to this place. So ever since this place has become famous as Mahamanjusri sthan. Another episode: In the 11th century, Tibet’s Great Buddhist Yogi Jetsun Milarepa also came to this place for his retreat from Tibet. When he arrived here, the King of Bhaktapur had a dream in which he saw Bodhisattva Arya Tara asking him to welcome the great accomplished Yogi Milarepa. Next day he welcomed him. And Milarepa meditated on the Mahamanjusri sthan in the cave which was unfortunately no more in the place. When I was young, I went to that place and really saw Milarepa’s statue in the upper story of the two storied hut and the real cave with the imprint of deer foot nearby. But I was very sad to know that the cave was destroyed or something happened to it so that it is now no more. Because the local people have now forgot the identity and real history of that place, it was nearly being converted to Hindu shrine of Saraswati since the Newari name for Manjusri is Sasuma dya which is corrupt of Sah syuma dya (The Deity of Wisdom i.e. Bodhisattva Manjusri). It was misinterpreted as Saraswati and people began to call this place Saraswati sthan and the Manjusri Bodhisattva is also taken as Saraswati. But thanks to the indefatigable effort of Rajya Laxmi Guruma who lives near the Manjusri shrine, the real identity of the place is now being restored. She is able to retain the original value and historical sanctity of the place as being the sacred place of Manjusri and the Great Tibetan Buddhist Yogi Jetsun Milarepa. The GCRFEV really appreciates the Ven. Nun’s deligent and painstaking effort for this.

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