100s of people gathered at Trongsa Dzong to celebrates Zhabdrung Kuchoe
Despite of cold and foggy weather over the Trongsa Dzong, more than 100s of people gathered at Trongsa Dzong to celebrate and commemorate the 400 years of Zhabdrung Rinpochhe’s arrival to Bhutan yesterday. The celebration is also to celebrate the birth year of the His Royal Highness The Gyalsey.
Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel came to Bhutan from Tibet in 1616 A.D. and united all the people in different parts of Bhutan under one dual system. He as the head of the dual system has constructed many Dzongs all over the country and used as headquarters since 1629.
On April 14, Teachers and students of Sherubling Center School recite “Jigten Wangchuk” a prayer of Zhabdrung followed by civil servants on April 15.
There was a grant celebration where hundreds of people gathered to receive blessings from relics where more than 21 secrets relics were displayed with the Guru Thongdrol which was made by Jigme Namgyel yesterday.
One of the most important secrets is the statue of 10th Je Khempo. His Holiness the Je Khempo, Palchen Tenzin Chogyel is considered as one of the most important figure in Trongsa for establishing first monastic school in Trongsa Dzong.
People also had an opportunity to see eight forms of Guru Rinpoche’s statue curved on rhinoceros horn.
Monks performed mask dances and students performed dances. People of Trongsa Dzongkhag also performed Nub Zhay, a traditional dance and uniqueness of Trongsa Dzongkhag.
A 29 years Mr. Tshering a civil servant said, “I feel blessed with the blessings from all this secrets relics.” “We as Bhutanese citizens should always remember and celebrate this very auspicious day not only to enjoy but to appreciate and thank Zhabdrung Rinpoche for his contribution for the happiness of our Bhutanese.”
The teachers and student of Institute of Language and Culture Studies celebrated the day with poetry competition. Students were asked to compose poems in Dzongkha where top 10 poems were selected and recited by the composer.
The poems were mostly focused on the importance of Zhabdrung Rinpoche over the tradition and culture of Bhutan.