Located in Sagya County, Shigatse City, Xizang Autonomous Region, Sagya Monastery is renowned as the “Second Dunhuang”. Recently, Sakya Monastery held its annual Mahakala Dharma Assembly, which originated in the 11th century. It continues up to now after constant development and improvement.
Generally held from the 23rd day of the 11th month of the Tibetan calendar to the 1st day of the 12th month of the Tibetan calendar, Mahakala Dharma Assembly features a large scale and a majestic atmosphere. On the 23rd day of the 11th month of the Tibetan calendar, according to traditional ritual procedures, the statues of the Dharma Guardian are invited from each Mahakala Dharma Guardian temples. During ritual procedures every day, the Mahakala Sutra is chanted and recited with different melodies; on the 29th day of the 11th month of the Tibetan calendar, a Mahakala mask dance is performed on the monastery square. On the eve of the local Tibetan New Year, Abhisheka of immeasurable life is held for believers. On the 1st day of the 12th month of the Tibetan calendar, the statues of the Dharma Guardian are returned to each Mahakala Dharma Guardian temples. In the last two days, the people of Sakya gather together to pray that all is well in the new year.