The reconstruct Pangrizampa Bazam inaugurated
The reconstructed Pangrizampa Bazam was inaugurated by Her Majesty The Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck last Wednesday.
The 17 meter long wooden cantilever bridge was built by the Ministry of Work and Human Settlements on the advice, patronage and inspiration of Her Majesty The Gyalyum.
Her Majesty said that it is auspicious that we have been able to rebuild the Pangrizampa Bazam to its original glory as the nation celebrates 400 years of the arrival of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in Bhutan, the birth year of Guru Rimpoche, 60th birth anniversary of Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the birth of the His Royal Highness The Gyalsey.
Lam Ngawang Choegyel an ancestor of Zhabdrung built the Pangrizampa Monastery in the 15th century.
This monastery served as the first residence for the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel when he reached Bhutan in 1616.
It is said that Zhabdrung, in his dream saw a vision of a raven perched on top of a big cypress tree next to a monastery, requesting him to visit this southern land. When Zhabdrung finally arrived at Pangrizampa in 1616, it is believed that he recognized the tree and the monastery.
Her Majesty added that “The Pangrizampa Monastery is therefore of great significance to Bhutan and this traditional bridge has always been an integral part of the monastery, serving as the crucial mode of commute between the two communities on either side of the river.” “It is absolutely befitting that we are able to inaugurate this bridge as a tribute to the 400 years of legacy of the great Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel,” added the Her Majesty.
Minister Work and Human Settlements Lyonpo Dorji Choden said that it was the ministry’s mandate to promote and preserve traditional architecture and the “bazams are unique architecture of the country.” The bridge was built by 20 artesian representing the people from the 20 districts of Bhutan under the supervision of the Rural Infrastructure Service Division, Department of Engineering Services of the Ministry of Work and Human Settlements as a tribute to Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel.
Meanwhile following the inauguration, Her Majesty also awarded the certificates to graduates of the monastery who had completed the central monk body’s examinations last year.
Their Majesties and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey with courtiers, government officials, armed force personnel, and monks, who served the Successive Kings. The group received an opportunity to offer Tashi Lekdhar for the Royal Birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey.