Royal Birth- The Nation Celebrates
6 February 2016 : We have the privilege of assuring the people of Bhutan and all other well wishers that Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey are in perfect health, under the devoted care of a professional medical team.
Today, His Majesty The King offered prayers at the Tashichhodzong, Dechenphu Lhakhang, Pangrizampa Lhakhang, and the Gesar Lhakang.
Hundreds of wellwishers gathered at these nyes (sacred sites) and other Dzongs and Lhakhangs across the country to offer prayers of gratitude on the joyous occasion of the Royal Birth. People offered Karmi Kom (butter lamps), hoisted Prayer Flags at all sacred sites. The Bhutanese diaspora overseas has also been offering prayers and celebrating the auspicious occasion.
Excited well-wishers are sharing numerous auspicious signs (taktshen), symbols, and images on the social media.
Sharing the joy of the Bhutanese people, His Holiness the Je Khenpo explained the extraordinary tendrel under which His Royal Highness The Gyalsey was born. His Holiness the Je Khenpo is presiding over sacred ceremonies in Tashichhodzong, Thimphu, and kurims (religious ceremonies) are being conducted by the Zhung Dratshang (Central Monk Body) and clergy in all the Dzongs and important lhakhangs across the country.
The Prime Minister announced that Monday has been declared a holiday to celebrate the Royal Birth. The historic Drukgyel Dzong in Paro will be restored to its former glory to commemorate the celebrations. The Salhang ceremony for the dzong was conducted today.
Kutens (sacred objects) are being repaired, restored and gilded in the Tashichhodzong and Punakha Dzong, to mark the birth of the Gyalsey.
A sapling of the Bodhi tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment was planted at Takila in Lhuentshe.
Besides this, 108 trees of sacred significance were planted in Thimphu, Punakha, Tsirang, Dagana, and Sarpang to mark the Royal Birth. These included Oak, Cypress, Rosary Tree, Bodhi tree, and white Sandalwood.
Sachu Bumter (blessed vessels) were installed by the Jigten Wangchuk Tshogpa at the sources of five water bodies in Punakha, to bless the waters that course through the country.
Two chortens will be built in Thrumsengla and Pelela to mark the occasion. The salhang tendrel for these chortens were conducted today.
Priests from the Hindu community in the Southern dzongkhags are offering prayers and havaan (fire offerings) at the Samtse Mandir. The ceremony includes recitations of the Veda, Vagawat Puran, Shiva Puran, Devi Vagawat, Rudri and Chandi.
The Samtse Shivalaya Mandir, which was built upon the Royal Command of His Majesty The King as a gift to the Hindu Community in Bhutan to mark the Royal Wedding, was consecrated today coinciding with the Royal Birth.
Meanwhile, Their Majesties granted soelra to all children born in the country on the auspicious day of the Royal Birth.
His Majesty commanded that the government should not spend valuable resources on grand celebrations but should commemorate the Royal Birth with initiatives that will have long-term benefits for the country and people. Their Majesties expressed their wish that the most important focus should be the tendrel of the Royal Birth.