The Devi Panchayan Mandir is here at long last.
Yesterday, Chairperson of the Privy Council, Lyonpo Chenkyab Dorji, graced the concretion ceremony of the mandir at Kuenselphodrang in Thimphu as the chief guest.
The temple houses five statues of Devi (goddess).
Following the consecration, the mandir has been opened to devotees.
A reception ceremony that resembled a chibdrel ceremony was held by playing Naumati baaja (a set of traditional Lhotshampa musical instruments) by a group of performers.
Panchakanya (five unmarried girls) and members of the Hindu community welcomed the chief guest.
Twenty-one pundits and purohits (priests) chanted prayers for the consecration ceremony in the three-day ceremony that ended yesterday.
A board member of Hindu Dharma Samudaya of Bhutan (HDSB), Yogal Chandra Rasaily, said that the mandir would be “inclusive”.
He said that the mandir was open to all devotees. Visiting hours, he said, would be decided.
He expressed happiness over the completion and consecration of the mandir. “It a glorious moment for the Hindu community of Bhutan,” he said.
The members of Hindu community thanked His Majesty The King. “It’s a very happy moment for me,” a devotee said.
Speaker Wangchuk Namgyel, National Council Chairperson Tashi Dorji, Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk, cabinet ministers, members of parliament and senior government officials, among others, attended the ceremony.
The mandir, the construction of which began in 2012, is a gift from the Druk Gyalpo. The salang tendrel (ground-breaking ceremony) was graced by the Je Khenpo.
Following the consecration, Navaratri (Durja Puja) begins at the mandir today and will end on October 8 with Tika (Dasain).
During the puja, devotees worship Durga. The festival symbolises the victory of good over evil.
Dassain is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu tradition in Bhutan.
The festival, which lasts for 15 days, starts from the new moon until the full moon on the Hindu month of Ashvin/Asauj.
Dassain was declared a national holiday in 1980.