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Punakha Tshechu, like all Tshechu festivals, honors Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rimpoche, the precious yogi and saint who is said to have introduced Tantric Buddhism throughout the Himalayas. Paint. The festival’s mask dances are performed by monks dressed in colorful brocade costumes and imbued with chanting and reciting Buddhist scriptures. The highlight of the festival is the opening of a giant canvas thangka, a sacred scroll, depicting Padmasmabhawa and images from the Buddhist temple in .