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