A selection of superb photos from The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment’s Tika (Tilaka) celebration at our Regimental Temple (Mundir).
In Hinduism, the tilaka (Sanskrit: तिलक) is a mark worn usually on the forehead, sometimes other parts of the body such as neck, hand or chest. Tilaka may be worn on a daily basis or for rites of passage or special religious occasions only, depending on regional customs. In the Regiment, this day is used to bless us and our families for the coming year.
It is also the moment that the work of our Puja (Prayer) Party is complete. Fasting for over one week, offering prayer night and day, and led by the Gurkha Major, the Puja Party supports the Pundit Gee in the ceremonial celebration of Dashain.
My thanks and admiration are offered to this exceptionally talented and dedicated Puja team who, on our behalf, displayed such exemplary discipline and loyalty to our Kaida (Tradition) during this period of Dashain 2017.