Thousands of devotees in Mongar received blessings for long life from His Holiness the Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Choedra yesterday bringing an end to the six-day Moenlam Chenmo in the dzongkhag.

The Moenlam Chenmo organiser, known as choethuen tshogpa, and the local government leaders of 17 gewogs offered Ku Sung Mendrel and tributes to His Holiness.

His Holiness also granted Nu 1.8 million (M) as the Moenlam Chenmo seed money to the dzongdag, who is the chairman of the choethuen tshogpa. This is the second time His Holiness granted money for the Moenlam Chenmo. His Holiness granted Nu 700,000 as seed money when the Moenlam Chenmo was first organised in the dzongkhag.

The National Assembly Speaker, Jigme Zangpo, along with Members of Parliament (MP) from Mongar attended the Moelam Chenmo and offered the Nu 3.2M collected from the devotees in Thimphu as the Moenlam Chenmo seed money.

Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo said the money was collected from civil servants, corporate and private employees, lams, trulkus, businessmen and other devotees who stay in Thimphu.

Mongar Dzongdag Ugen Sonam said that they collected more than Nu 10M as Moenlam Chenmo seed money in the last six days. “The seed money will be properly managed and administered by the committee,” he said.

He said that as advised by His Holiness the Je Khenpo, the dzongkhag launched the Moenlam Chenmo committee book.

Meanwhile, His Holiness also consecrated the newly constructed Rangwang Neykhang above Mongar Lower Secondary School.

His Holiness left for Autsho in Lhuentse for its Moenlam Chenmo.

Tashi Phuntsho | Mongar