His Majesty The King on 10th April offered 6 sandalwood boxes to the Chari Monastery. The sandalwood boxes will be used to store the precious relics in the monastery, including the treasures of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. His Majesty personally carried one of the 55-kg boxes up to the monastery, which is located on a hill in Dodeyna, about an hour’s walk from the road.
The Tshugla Lopen of the Zhung Dratshang said that the act of a King Himself carrying an object which would be used for such a holy purpose, was in itself a most sacred and extraordinary event– one which would accumulate great merit and bring immense benefit to the people and country.
The Chari Monastery was among the first monasteries built in Bhutan by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in the 17th Century, and it was from here that he established the Drukpa Monastic order in Bhutan. The Zhabdrung spent several years in retreat at the monastery during his lifetime.