Samyak Festival in Patan
Samyak (Devanagari: सम्यक) is special festival celebrated in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal by Newar Buddhist.
Samyak festival of Patan is going to take place in 12th March (29 Falgun), Saturday in Nagbahal, Lalitpur. It is two days festival in Patan. On the first day, all the Dipankar Buddhas and other deities are welcomed in Nagbahal by the main Dipankar Buddha of Golden temple. It is a ceremony worth watching when all Dipankar Buddhas from 12 main monastries (Bihar) comes and assembled row-wise in Nagbahal. And on the second day, devotees from different places comes to Nagbahal and pay their homage.
About Samyak Festival
Samyak Festival takes place in three cities of Kathmandu Valley but in different time interval. In Kathmandu, it is observed in every 12 years, every five years in Lalitpur and every year in Bhaktapur. The first documented Samyak festival in Kathmandu took place in 1015 AD (135 Nepal Era).
It is a ceremony which is held on open ground where hundreds of Dipankar Buddha are showcased brought from different monastries (Bihars). Hundreds of devotees from different place come to offer their homage. A special food, money and different gifts made to the deities and the Buddhist community.
The main point of this festival is to honour Buddhas, especially Dipankara Buddha, who predicted Lord Sakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment in a previous lifetime. At this time, Buddhists also honour the Bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara, Arya Tara, and so on.
The festival brings together a wide cross-section of Newar society, including priests, artisans, traders, musicians and farmers. Each group has a defined role designed to highlight social harmony. The ceremony celebrates the practice of giving to the Buddhas and monks in the Newar Buddhist tradition. The Samyak festival in Kathmandu is held at Kathmandu Durbar Square and the field of Bhuikhel at the foot of Swayambhu hill. Similarly, Samyak festival in Patan is held at Nagbahal.