Dorje Shugden is one of the main Dharma Protectors worshipped by the majority of Gelugpa Buddhists and thus, it is not uncommon to see large statues of Dorje Shugden in monastic prayer halls and Protector chapels.
This particular Dorje Shugden statue was formerly housed in the private Protector chapel of Gaden Lachi, the prayer hall for Gaden Monastery’s two colleges – Gaden Shartse and Gaden Jangtse, alongside statues of other important Protectors including Mahakala, Kalarupa, Shiptak Gyenye and Vaishravana.
This sacred statue of Dorje Shugden was installed in Gaden Lachi by the great masters His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, in the presence of the Sangha of Gaden at the time.
Its features were hidden from view by a brocade curtain, a common tradition for statues of wrathful deities. Offerings were made here daily, as were rituals and prayers performed by the monks of both Gaden Shartse and Gaden Jangtse. The local villagers would also participate.
Decades later, on one of his numerous visits to Gaden Monastery, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama instructed for this statue to be placed in a chapel of its own rather than with the other Protectors in the Lachi.
Today, this same statue, now housed in the monastery of Shar Gaden, is still visited by many who have received the benefits that Dorje Shugden’s practice can bestow.
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