HRH Gyaltshab graces consercation ceremony of world’s largest Guru Rinpoche statue

His Royal Highness the Gyaltshab graced the TrashiRabney (consecration ceremony) of the newly built Gaden Choling Lhakhang in Gyalpozhing, Mongar on 4th November

The ceremony, presided over by His Holiness the Je Khenpo, was dedicated to the Commemoration of the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

HRH offered prayers in the Lhakhang for the wellbeing of His Majesty The King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, the country and all sentient beings. Hundreds of people including guests, monks, devotees and local people were present.

The structure was built for the wellbeing of the Tsa-Wa-Sum and benefit of Gyalpozhing community, and sponsored by Kurichu Hydropower Plant, Druk Green Power Corporation at the cost of Nu. 9.73 mn. His Royal Highness the Gyaltshab on behalf of His Majesty The King, granted Sertog for the Lhakhang.

A three-day Tshechu also commenced in the Lhakhang coinciding with the consecration ceremony.

On November 3, His Royal Highness graced the consecration ceremony of the newly built statue of Guru Padmasambhava in the form of Nangsi Zilnoen at Takila (Maenbi Gewog) in Lhuentse. The ceremony, which fell on the Descending Day of Buddha Shakya Muni, was performed by more than 300 monks including Trulkus, Lams and Khenpos from monasteries across the country and neighbouring areas. His Royal Highness offered prayers for the wellbeing of His Majesty The King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, the country and all sentient beings. A weeklong Chhimi Tshogti Drubchhen (Great Accomplishment Prayers of Long Life) preceded the consecration ceremony. The ceremony was dedicated to the commemoration of the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

More than 5,000 people including guests, monks, local devotees and disciples in Bhutan and over 500 disciples, devotees and sponsors from other countries were present. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Agriculture & Forests Minister Yeshi Dorji, Member of Parliament from Lhuentse, Lam Netens and Dzongdags of eastern Dzongkhags among others attended the function.

Those gathered were deeply moved by occurrence of auspicious signs like sudden drizzling accompanied by appearance of rainbow in the sky and birds hovering over the statue during the ceremony.

Under the chairmanship of Khenpo Karpo, Druk Odiyana Foundation managed and executed the project- the construction of the world’s largest statue (157 feet) of Guru Nangsi Zilnoen. The total expenditure on the project as of October 2015 was Nu. 655.735 mn which Druk Odiyana Foundation received from Royal Government of Bhutan, religious institutions, private individuals, devotees and disciples from Bhutan, and across the world.

The giant statue has three temples. The first one on the first floor houses a statue of Guru Nga-drama (Looks Like Me) in the middle with statues of Khenchen Bodhisattva, Longchen Rabjam, great Terton Dudjom Jigdral Yeshey Dorje Rinpoche on the right side and Tibetan King Trhisong Deutsen, Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa, Khenpo Ngakchung on the left.

On 2nd November, His Royal Highness the Gyaltshab met with 27 students studying in various schools under Lhuentse Dzongkhag, who were identified for His Majesty’s Kidu. The students, from disadvantaged backgrounds, will be enrolled as Gyalpoi Tozeys and receive financial allowances from His Majesty The King to meet their education expenses so that they can continue their studies.

His Royal Highness told the students to work hard and excel in studies so that they can not only become independent and support the families but also serve the nation better, thereby fulfilling His Majesty’s aspirations for our country.

His Royal Highness also met 9 elderly destitute people from different Gewogs under Lhuentse Dzongkhag who will also be receiving monthly living allowances from His Majesty The King. His Royal Highness also granted Tokha and other Royal Soelra to the students and needy people on behalf of His Majesty The King.

Later in the afternoon, His Royal Highness visited Jangchubling Gonpa in Lhuentse and offered prayers for the wellbeing of His Majesty The King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, the country and all sentient beings.On the way, His Royal Highness inspected earthen pottery at Gangzur, Lhuentse and interacted with the local people who offered Tshogchhang.

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