The Six Bone Ornaments of Naropa are one of the most revered relics of Buddhism and historic symbols of the great Himalayan odyssey. Naropa wore the Six Bone Ornaments upon achieving enlightenment.
The great translator Marpa was a student of Naropa and received extraordinary teachings of Mahamudra and the Six Yogas from Naropa. By perfectly accomplishing these practices, Marpa obtained enlightenment. Upon this accomplishment, Naropa declared: “The blessings of Master Krishnacharya breathed life into the lineages of Eastern regions, the Master Aryacharya has blessed the lineage of the South, and the King Indrabhodi transmitted his spiritual influence to the Western lineages. bestow the waves of grace to the lineages of the North, the Lands of Snow. You have nothing more to do here - return to Tibet. I impart to you the power of my legacy; I appoint you my regent on the Roof of the World. The Land of Snow abounds in potential disciples, worthy vessels for my teachings.”
Then, Naropa offered Marpa the Six Bone Ornaments and prophesized that the Six Bone Ornaments would remain in the lineage that sprang from Naropa and would be used as devotional support.
Marpa goes on to be a significant Buddhist figure spreading the teachings of Naropa and the Six Bone Ornaments continue to offer devotional support. Marpa entrusted the Six Bone Ornaments of Naropa to the great disciple, Ngokton Choku Dorje (1036-1102 CE) with the instruction to safeguard the Six Bone Ornaments until the seventh generation when he shall return the Six Bone Ornaments to the rightful master. The seventh Ngokton lineage holder, Ngokton Jangchub (1360-1446 CE) encountered the Gyalwang Drukpa and announced that the Gyalwang Drukpa is the incarnate of Naropa, the scholar saint and presented the Six Bone Ornaments of Naropa.
For close to a thousand years, the Six Bone Ornaments have been used as a relic of devotional support. Devotees believe that worthy seekers of truth may obtain enlightenment by merely seeing it and is regarded as a living piece of Himalayan history.