Jigme Singye Wangchuck pil­lar un­veiled

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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.

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