His­tory un­folds as His Majesty The King an­nounces the name of His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - N.B. Ghal­ley/ Pu­nakha

Just min­utes af­ter noon, the sky opened up to wel­come His Royal High­ness Jigme Nam­gyel Wangchuck. It was a mirac­u­lous mo­ment when the clouds parted and the sun shone briefly on the court­yard of Pungth­ang Dewachen­poi Pho­drang in Pu­nakha as His Majesty The King car­ried His Royal High­ness out of the sa­cred Machen Lhakhang where the Royal name was pro­nounced yes­ter­day.

There could not have been a more aus­pi­cious ten­dril than a mo­ment when three gen­er­a­tions of the Wangchuck dy­nasty– His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty The King, and His Royal High­ness– were able to come to­gether in prayer in the sa­cred Machen of the Zhab­drung, for the well be­ing of the country and peo­ple, now and for all time to come.

His Majesty the King in­tro­duced His Royal High­ness Gyalsey Jigme Nam­gyel Wangchuck to a his­toric gath­er­ing of Royal fam­ily mem­bers, spir­i­tual and govern­ment lead­ers, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of all sec­tions of the Bhutanese so­ci­ety as well as to a crowd of about 10,000 peo­ple on the grounds out­side the Dzong.

Ad­dress­ing the peo­ple of Bhutan, His Maj- esty said that His Royal High­ness was not just the royal child of Their Majesties The King and Queen but a son to all the Bhutanese peo­ple in the 20 dzongkhags.

Jigme means fear­less, and in­vokes the strength to con­front any chal­lenges that the fu­ture may present, with­out fear or hes­i­ta­tion, when the time comes for the Gyalsey to serve his country.

Nam­gyel means vic­tory in all di­rec­tions, over all forms. It was also the name of the revered Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam­gyel, who en­abled the Dharma to flour­ish in all di­rec­tions, as proph­e­sied by Guru Rin­poche

Wangchuck, which con­notes a per­son born with au­thor­ity and ma­jes­tic qual­i­ties, is in­her­ited from the Wangchuck dy­nasty, of our hered­i­tary


“When the time comes for Gyalsey Jigme Nam­gyel Wangchuck to serve his country, he must al­ways place the con­cerns of his country above all else and serve his peo­ple justly with great love and ded­i­ca­tion. It will be his sa­cred re­spon­si­bil­ity to build a har­mo­nious and just so­ci­ety, and thereby, ful­fill all the as­pi­ra­tions of his peo­ple,” His Maj- esty said.

“He must live such a life as a good hu­man be­ing and serve his country in a man­ner that it will be ex­em­plary and wor­thy of em­u­la­tion.”

His Majesty said that His Royal High­ness would also have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to preserve and fos­ter the lega­cies and teach­ings of Guru Rin­poche and Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam­gyel so that Bhutan and the Bhutanese peo­ple are able to en­joy even greater peace, se­cu­rity, pros­per­ity and hap­pi­ness than they have in the past.

His Majesty also ex­pressed deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all the Bhutanese peo­ple who had come to­gether in prayer to cel­e­brate the birth of His Royal High­ness Jigme Nam­gyel Wangchuck on Fe­bru­ary 5, this year.

The nam­ing cer­e­mony of His Royal High­ness was held co­in­cid­ing with Zhab­drung Ku­choe, cel­e­brated in a spe­cial man­ner this year to mark the 400 years of Zhab­drung’s ar­rival in Bhutan.

Out­side the Pu­nakha Dzong, His Majesty The King met with the thou­sands of peo­ple gath­ered to cel­e­brate Zhab­drung Ku­choe at the Thang- zona and granted Tokha. The peo­ple of­fered their wishes to His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey

Ch­hams re­lated to the Zhab­drung was per­formed at the ground along with an en­ter­tain­ment pro­gramme, as part of Zhab­drung Tsechu. Relics of the Zhab­drung from across the country will be dis­played at the Dzong from 17 to 22 April.

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