Central monastic body moves to Punakha for winter residence
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.