First Zhabdrung Dagnangma Thongdrel unveiled

Hundreds of people gathered when a Zhabdrung Dagnangma Thongdrel (giant appliqué scroll) was unfurled in Semthokha Dzong in Thimphu coinciding with the death anniversary of Zhabdrung yesterday.

The Thongdrel is believed to be the first one in the country out of many manifestations of the Zhabdrung. It was created with the support of sponsors and ex-students  of the Institute of Language and Cultural Studies (ILCS) who were at the institute from 1961 to 2012.

According to Kunzang Dorji, a Community Secretary, the day is significant in the Buddhist calendar.

It is believed that the mere viewing of the unfurled Thongdrel will cleanse viewers of their sins, earn them merit, and   misfortune awaiting them will be averted.

The Thongdrel which is 14 feet long and 16 feet wide   is preserved  at Semthokha Dzong and  will be unfurled during every Zhabdrung  Kuchoe( death anniversary of Zhabdrung ).

The works on the Thongdroel began last year with a budget of Nu 1.7 mn.

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