Zhab­drung statue in Bhutan

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26 De­cem­ber 2016: His Majesty The King, of­fered prayers be­fore a spe­cial statue of Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam­gyel, at the Sim­tokha Dzong. The six- feet statue, which is atleast 250 years old, has been housed in the Asi­atic So­ci­ety build­ing in Kolkata for over a cen­tury. The so­ci­ety re­ceived the statue from a Cap­tain Hadyat Ally, of the Bri­tish Army, who is be­lieved to have come into pos­ses­sion of the statue fol­low­ing the Duar War fought be­tween Bhutan and the Brit- ish in 1864- 1865. For the Bhutanese, the statue is a price- less relic of great spir­i­tual sig­nif­i­cance, as are all relics at­tached to the Zhab­drung, who is revered as the great uni­fier of Bhutan and the founder of the Bhutanese na­tion­state and polity. This year is es­pe­cially sig­nif­i­cant as it marks the 400th An­niver­sary of Zhab­drung’s ar­rival to Bhutan. The com­mem­o­ra­tion of the event has in­cluded the dis­play of pre­cious relics of Zhab­drung, and thou­sands of peo­ple across the coun­try have taken the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive bless­ings from these relics, which are other­wise housed in var­i­ous tem­ples across the coun­try.

This statue of Zhab­drung has been loaned to Bhutan by the gov­ern­ment of In­dia in light of the great im­por­tance that the Bhutanese peo­ple at­tach to it. The Zhab­drung Ku was re­ceived in cer­e­mony at the Paro air­port to­day, and was brought to the Sim­tokha Dzong, which is the first Dzong that Zhab­drung built in Bhutan.

The statue will be dis­played for pub­lic ven­er­a­tion in Jan­uary.

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