The central monastic body arrives in Thimphu yesterday
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.