Today, 25th lunar day of 10th lunar month, is Ganden Ngacho Chenmo (Tib.: དགའ་ལྡན་ལྔ་མཆོད་ཆེན་མོ Wylie: dga’ ldan lnga mchod chenmo) or Butter Lamp Festival. It is a special day that commemorates the death of Lama Tsongkhapa, who was the emanation of bodhisattva Manjushri and  the founder of the Gelug order of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Today, Tibetans all over Central and Eastern Tibet lit butter lamps in monasteries, temples and their homes to remember this great lama.

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Lama Tsongkhapa

Je Tsongkhapa is also famous as the author of Lamrim Chenmo – ‘The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path of Enlightenment’ and Ngagrim Chenmo – ‘The Great Tseatise of Secret Mantra’, with the detailed explanation of sutra and tantra path in Tibetan Buddhism.

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Butter lamp lit in a form of a Vajra

Lama Tsongkhapa’s seat was in Ganden monastery near Lhasa, and his tomb is located there now. So on this particular day, there is a special ceremony is being held for the whole day to commemorate this great master.

Ganden monastery

Ganden monastery