Je Khenpo of Bhutan on Rajgir visit for temple construction

10 Nov 2018

Head of the Bhutanese monastic order, the Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choedra will preside over a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction  of a Bhutanese temple at Rajgir in Bihar, according to a report in Kuensel, the official newspaper of Bhutan. He would also preside over a great prayer, Moenlam Chhenmo. The two are thought to be major events to mark the 50 years of Indo – Bhutan relations.
The ground-breaking ceremony of the temple would be on Sunday, coinciding with the birth anniversary of the fourth Druk Gyalpo, the previous king. According to the report, the Indian government in 2010 provided a two-acre plot near a hot spring in Rajgir for the construction of the lhakhang, that is temple, and a guest house for Bhutanese pilgrims.
According to the report, Je Khenpo would also preside over a week-long Moenlam Chhenmo, for the first time in Rajgir, beginning on November 12. More than 2,500 monks from different monasteries and religious institutions across the country left for Rajgir on November 7 and 8 in 46 buses for the prayer session.
Buddha had preached in Rajgir after his enlightenment at Bodhgaya. Je Khenpo would also visit Bodygaya during his stay and consecrate the Bhutan temple there. He would conduct a thanksgiving offering to the protecting deities near the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya. (EOIC)