Jigme Singye Wangchuck pillar unveiled
The Royal Institute of Law in Taba consecrated the Jigme Singye Wangchuck Pillar last Friday. The unveiling and the consecration of the pillar commemorate the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the 4th King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The pillar itself symbolizes the greatness of His Majesty’s selfless commitment and inspirational deeds for the coun- try’s continued peace and prosperity.
The four faces of the pillar signify the birth of His Majesty, the Fourth King as the King of destiny and living God. It also represents the four pillars of Gross National Happiness, a ground breaking developmental goal brought to light by His Majesty. Further, this also symbolizes that the benefits of His Majesty’s selflessness and dedication to the country have reached to every corner in all four directions.
The twelve edges of the pillar signify that the achievements and the reforms that have been brought about by His Majesty are comparable to the Zepa Chunyi - the twelve deeds of Lord Buddha.
The pillar itself is placed upon a mandala like platform bearing the carving of four lions and having four paths leading to it. The four paths symbolize the four noble truths, and the lion, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. Together, they represent His Majesty as an enlightened being descending from the heavens as prophesized by Ugyen Guru to Terton Drukda Dorji.
Placed upon the pillar is the Dharma Wheel with thirty four spokes and a Dorji-Jadram placed in the centre. This symbolizes the indestructibility of the sun and represents the longevity of the Golden Throne. Further, it symbolizes the thirty four years of His Majesty’s reign that shone unmitigated light of His Majesty’s wisdom and ability to envision the needs of the people by turning both political and spiritual wheels.
The Zhu covered with clouds shows the supremacy of the Throne and clarity in oceans of His Majesty’s actions. The jewel surrounded by the clouds in the Zhu signifies efforts made by the people of Bhutan to celebrate the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The lotus, beads, leaves and hanging jewel symbolizes the Tree of Jewel (Paksam Jhoenshing) signifying the formulation of the Gross National Happiness by His Majesty, showering uninterrupted happiness and development to the people and the country.
The pillar itself is made of mint yellow sandstone and is of sixteen feet in height, its heaviness and height symbolizing the heavy national responsibilities that His Majesty had to shoulder at the tender age of sixteen. The stone pillar concept itself, unique in Bhutan was conceived and inspired by Her Royal Highness, Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck as a fitting tribute to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.
The achievement and dedication inscriptions were composed to cover His Majesty’s virtuous actions, unprecedented achievement of national goals and security, and happiness of the people. A more detailed description of the JSW Pillar is given in the JSW Pillar booklet.
The pillar has Zungs placed inside and will have chorten like significance where people will be able to offer their prayers. The JSW Pillar will be the landmark monument of the Law School once completed at Pangbisa, Paro.
The unveiling and consecration of the JSW pillar was conducted on an auspicious day of His Majesty with a comprehensive consecration ceremony conducted by the Letshog Lopoen of the Zhung Dratshang.
The event was graced by Her Majesty, the Gyalyum, Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck as the chief guest. It was most auspicious and befitting that Her Majesty who also attained Her 60th Birth Anniversary graced this occasion. Her Royal Highness, Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, the President of the Royal Institute of Law was also present during the occasion.