His Majesty of­fers san­dal­wood boxes to Chari Monastery

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10 April 2016, Chari: His Majesty The King of­fered 6 san­dal­wood boxes to the Chari Monastery. The san­dal­wood boxes will be used to store the pre­cious relics in the monastery, in­clud­ing the trea­sures of Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam­gyel. His Majesty per­son­ally car­ried one of the 55-kg boxes up to the monastery, which is lo­cated on a hill in Dodeyna, about an hour’s walk from the road. The Tshugla Lopen of the Zhung Drat­shang said that the act of a King Him­self car­ry­ing an ob­ject which would be used for such a holy pur­pose, was in it­self a most sa­cred and ex­tra­or­di­nary event– one which would ac­cu­mu­late great merit and bring im­mense ben­e­fit to the peo­ple and country. The Chari Monastery was among the first monas­ter­ies built in Bhutan by Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam­gyel in the 17th Cen­tury, and it was from here that he es­tab­lished the Drukpa Monas­tic or­der in Bhutan. The Zhab­drung spent sev­eral years in re­treat at the monastery dur­ing his life­time.

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