Cen­tral monas­tic body moves to Pu­nakha for win­ter res­i­dence

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Led by Dorji Lopen, the cen­tral monas­tic body left from Thim­phu to Pu­nakha for their win­ter res­i­dence on 7 Novem­ber.

Thou­sands of peo­ple gath­ered along the road- side to re­ceive the bless­ing from the sa­cred relics and Dorji Lopen.

In the olden 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, Dorji Lopen and the monk body halted for a night at Thin­ley­gang Lhakhang in Pu­nakha.

His Ho­li­ness the Je Khenpo, five Lopens and the monk body will spend next six months in Pu­nakha Dzong for their win­ter res­i­dence.

Pu­nakha func­tioned as a cap­i­tal un­til 1964, and it is still the win­ter res­i­dence of the cen­tral monas­tic body.

The sum­mer and win­ter res­i­dence was first in­tro­duced by Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam­gyal in the 17th cen­tury.

The leg­end dic­tates that in olden days, peo­ple of Wang val­ley moves to Pu­nakha for win­ter res­i­dence with their cat­tle after the plan­ta­tion of rice and then back to Wang after their an­nual ri­tu­als.

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