Consecration: His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the Wachen dzong yesterday that was built on the ruins of the 13th century old dzong at Bjena gewog in Wangdue.
Wachen dzong served as the centre of administration for descendants of Sangdag Garton, Phajo Drugom Zhigpo’s son, from 13th century until the mid 17th century.
However, the dzong was abandoned after the construction of Wangduephodrang dzong in 1738. All the sacred relics were moved to Wangduephodrang dzong, which then served as the centre of administration for Shar Dargye (Wangdue region).
In 2011 Khenpo Dorji of Wachen village, with support from villagers, initiated the construction of the two-storied dzong at the ruins of the former Wachen dzong to restore it to the former glory and ward off obstacles of the people and the country.
Some parts of the ruins of Wachen dzong still stand near the newly constructed dzong.
Khenpo Dorji said the construction that took four years cost more than Nu 10M. Devotees from outside the country also contributed for the construction.
“Utse of the newly constructed dzong contains a special Yeshe Sempa (Nangzung or inner relic) of Zhabdrung statue presented by His Majesty the King,” Khenpo Dorji said.
The construction of the dzong, according to Khenpo Dorji, is in commemoration of the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.
Bjena gup said the dzong would benefit more than 50 households in the gewog.
Elderly villagers of Wachen village said the old dzong served as the winter residence of Sangdag Garton while the Bali Gonpa at Khothakha served as his summer residence.
Wachen dzong also served as a garrison against the attack of enemies in the past. It was also visited by several great religious personalities including Kunkhyen Longchen Rabjam, Yongdzing Ngagi Wangchuk and Drukpa Kuenley.
By Dawa Gyelmo, Wangdue