June 29, 2010

Guru Padmasambhava’s thongdrol consecration

source: kuenselonline.com

29 June, 2010 - His Holiness the Je Khenpo will consecrate Bhutan’s largest thongdroel, depicting the 8th century Nyingma master, Guru Padmasambhava, as Ngangsoed Zilnon, at the Tashichhodzong today.
Measuring 108 by 85 feet, the thongdroel was offered to the royal government by khenpo Sangay Choeda, a Buddhist monk from Chokhortoe in Bumthang.

The construction of the thongdroel began in December 2007 in Thimphu, and took three years to be completed, according to Khenpo Sangay Choeda.

The unfurling will begin at 6.30 am, and the consecration will be done two hours later. The prime minister, cabinet ministers, MPs and senior bureaucrats are expected to attend the ceremony.

A government spokesperson said that khenpo Sangay Choeda, who is a graduate of the prestigious Nyingma Buddhist institute in Mysore, India, had decided to offer the thongdroel as kurim for peace and harmony in the kingdom.

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