The cen­tral monas­tic body ar­rives in Thim­phu yes­ter­day

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing

T he cen­tral monas­tic body lead by His Ho­li­ness The Je Khenpo ar­rived in the cap­i­tal yes­ter­day. On the way to the Tashich­hod­zong from Sem­tokha, thou­sand of peo­ple gath­ered along the road­side to re­ceive the bless­ing from the sa­cred relics and The Je Khenpo.

The sum­mer and winter res­i­dence was first in­tro­duced by Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam­gyal in the 17th cen­tury. Pu­nakha func­tioned as a cap­i­tal of Bhutan un­til 1964, and it is still the winter res­i­dence of the cen­tral monas­tic body. Dur­ing those days the cen­tral monas­tic body takes two days to reach to Pu­nakha and halt for a night at Thin­ley­gang Lhakhang be­fore pro­ceed­ing to Pu­nakha Dzong. As it is the tra­di­tional, His Ho­li­ness the Je khenpo, five Lopens of cen­tral monas­tic body and the monk body will halt for a night at Sim­tokha Dzong on first day of the fourth month of the Bhutanese month.

His Ho­li­ness the Je Khenpo, five Lopens and the monk body will spend next six months in Tashich­hod­zong for their sum­mer res­i­dence. They will move back to Pu­nakha on the first day of the 10th month of Bhutanese month for winter res­i­dence.

Led by His Ho­li­ness the Je Khenpo and the five Lopens, the Cen­tral Monas­tic body moved to Thim­phu Tashich­hod­zong for next six months.

In olden days, peo­ple of Wang val­ley moved with their cat­tle af­ter the plan­ta­tion of rice to Pu­nakha for winter res­i­dence then back to Wang af­ter their an­nual rit­u­als.

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