His Holiness the Je Khenpo yesterday consecrated five drashas (monk’s residence), of Talo Sanga Cholling Shedra in Punakha.
Along with drashas, His Holiness also consecrated the principal’s and teachers’ quarters, a dinning hall, which can accommodate more than 200 monks, two kitchens and a store.
With the new drashas now open, the shedra’s more than 100 monks would no longer have to cramp themselves in small rooms attached to the main temple, the Shedra’s principal, Trulku Thinley Lhendup said.
He said with an increasing number of monks enrolling in the shedra annually, about seven monks were sharing a room, which also served for dinning and sleeping. “This pressure is gone now,” trulku Thinley Lhendup said.
Built under the royal command, on a slope close to the main Talo goenpa, the single-storied drashas can accommodate more than 150 monks. The entire structure was built at Nu 24M.
Site engineer Tashi Norbu said most of the fund went to retaining walls, which were indispensable for constructions on a slope.
Talo goenpa is an important religious site in Bhutan because it was first established as the main seat of the third reincarnation of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, Thuktrul Jigme Drakpa in 1708. Thereafter, the fourth reincarnation, Jigme Chogyal and the sixth reincarnation, Jigme Dorji also lived at the goenpa.
By Tenzin Namgyel, Punakha