12th October 2014, lead by adjunct professor Dorji Wangchuk, the year 2 media students went for a trip to Om Bha Ney. As the dawn broke in we gathered at the main entrance of the college. However the driver failed to show up until 6.30am. We loaded ourselves on a truck that carries cement bags. Not so tidy was the vehicle. We started off at 7am. Along the journey we were all covered with the remains of cement. The uneven road made us hit on the truck, painfully. The journey was fun, although tiresome. It took 3 hours to reach Tsangpochen village, Tashi Yangtse. It is the starting point from where we headed off on foot. The journey is not more than 2 hours but we took double the mentioned time. Thanks to me and three others.. haha Dorji sir says 4 unfit girls.
We queued ourselves through the narrow tracks under the scorching sun. We came across villages that are full of natural earth. It was simply delightful to have a view contradictory from what we usually see. Untouched by the modern trends the villages remained hidden in the lush greenery at the base of the mountains. We also came across unique wild flowers that decorated the rough and constricted pathways.
After walking for 3 hours, we were finally at our destiny. The small temple and a statue of Guru Rinpoche create a magnificent view as we draw closer. These are placed at the edge of the mighty rock. Hoverer, the central Nye is supposed to be at the base of the enormous rock, where Guru Rimpoche is believed to have left an inscription of syllable Om on a rocky cliff.
Guru Rimpoche is believed to have meditated there to suppress a banished Tibetan prince Khikha Rathoe whom he had been following from Tibet. However, when Guru reached Toetsho he had to fight a large demon-serpent that tormented people. After two months of meditation in a cave on the left flank of the rocky mountain, Guru Rinpoche subdued the snake demon by riding on a pony. Guru then began concealing the treasures in Om Bha nye. Besides the holy inscriptions on the rocky mountain, there are other sacred sites such as, the cave Guru Rinpoche meditated in, imprints of chortens on the rocks, Rinchen Terzoed, Guru Tendrom and Guru Rinpoche’s chakar (walking staff).
The name Om Bha was derived after Guru Rinpoche, through his supernatural powers, left an inscription of syllables om on a rocky cliff. Ombha nye derives its name from the holy om aah hung syllable. Om Bha nye stands for om. After creating Om Bha nye Guru Rinpoche headed to Aja nye in Mongar in pursuit of Khikha Rathoe.
There are many sacred places in the area, amongst, the cave where Khadu Yeshey Tshogyal is supposed to have mediated, had we fascinated. The cave lies on the upper half of the mighty cliff. A narrow pathway cracks out between the giant pair of rocks which leads us to the core. The cave is in complete darkness. It is troublesome for one to even see the structure ahead. With torches on, we climbed the tiny ladders; a branch leaned on the edge. It was the most difficult task for us. We were all contended after having visited the shadowy and terrifying place; after all it is believed to rinse out wrongdoing that we have committed. We then sat for lunch and headed back home.
Dusk broke in steadily before we were back to Tsangpochen. The cool breeze helped us walk a bit quicker although dreadfully tired. It was nearly 7pm by the time we weighed down on the truck. Most of us slept throughout the journey. It was 11pm when we finally entered our room. The outing was indeed an informative one. It is one of the most beautiful places we visited.
With no doubt I loved every bits of the journey, despite the fact that I vomited till the extinction of bile juice. Never will I forget the instant where I slept among the bags and pack lunches, wrapped up in cement. My orange hood shirt turned grey. It was troublesome to climb a truck. It was my first ever journey towards Tashi Yangtse. I enjoyed the road that took us deep into forest, beautiful villages and along the river side at times. I cloud not do away with my camera until the battery was fully drenched out.
Today as I look back, I am glad for having made to such a breathtaking place. Thank you Dorji sir for organizing such program for us. Thank you, dear Kuchu, Dechen, Dorji Wangchuk, Passang, Jamtsho, Rabgay, Choda and Galey, for literally drawing me up. In your absence, it would have been out of imagination to pass those narrow trails. Your care and support will always be needed. I love you all.
|Prayer flags strung along the ridges|
Cultivation in the green
statue of Guru Rinpoche and the temple that are |
place at the edge of the mighty cliff
|The enormous cliff on which a temple is built|
A village that lies in a valley opposite to the Ney
Lung dhar strung alongside the cliff
Guru Rinpoches cha (hand)
Details about the Nye abstracted from:
Thank You for dropping in. Please do visit again.