Puja Ceremony at Mount Everest Base Camp – video.

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Puja Ceremony at Mount Everest Base Camp.

A Puja Ceremony is always held at Mount Everest Base Camp. Until this ceremony is held, no climber or Sherpa is allowed on the mountain, for fear of angering the gods.

A lama, a Buddhist holy man, usually oversees the ceremony. During the Puja, the climbers and Sherpa’s pray to the gods for their permission to climb Mount Everest and for a blessing for a safe and successful expedition.

A small temple, known as a chorten, constructed from rocks, is where the whole expedition team crowd around for the ceremony.

During the Puja, climbers and Sherpas place their ice axes, crampons, and other items against the chorten to be blessed.

A flag pole is also raised upon the chorten and prayer flags strung across the camp. The prayer flags are said to purify the air and pacify the gods, as they flutter in the wind and, in so doing, release the prayers written upon them to the heavens.

After all the prayers and blessing are said both Sherpa’s and climbers throw rice into the air and smear it upon the faces of others around them.

This is then usually followed by drinking plenty of chang (beer)!

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