The re­con­struct Pan­grizampa Bazam in­au­gu­rated

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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.

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