Religion: Works on the construction of the Mila Repa temple in Rigzinling (Ramitey), Phuentsholing are on full swing.

Started about two years ago, the nine-storied shrine stands majestically at Rigzinling about 21 kilometres from Phuentsholing. The shrine is known as Sangye Migyurling Druk Mila Seykhar Guthog.

On November 7, people of Rigzinling, students, monks, and government officials witnessed the installation of the sertog (golden pinnacle).

Home minister Dawa Gyeltshen attended the event along with parliament members and DANTAK officials.

“It is a gift to all the people of Chukha, including all others across the country,” lyonpo said.

Lam Yeshi Wangchuk, a member of the Sangye Mingyurling Foundation that funds the construction said that the Guthog would be a house to learn Buddhism.

“It would also be as significant as a throngdrel,” he said, explaining that people visiting the Seykhar Guthog would have blessings of Mila Repa.

Lam Yeshi Wangchuk also said that it took them two years to locate the place at Rigzinling after looking for a suitable location across the country.

The area in Rigzinling was identified in 2011 after which the groundbreaking ceremony was held. The Guthog will be constructed at about Nu 200M (million) but the cost is expected to escalate further.

About 40M, Lam Yeshi Wangchuk said would be invested in statues.

A prayer hall and a monk hostel are also being constructed simultaneously. The hostel will accommodate about 300 monks.

Meanwhile, lyonpo Dawa Gyeltshen also unveiled the beautification of Phuentsholing town’s landscape in commemoration of the 60th birth anniversary celebrations of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

The main road along the immigration office, which connects to the existing main gate, is decorated with new walls, flowers, and park.

Tashi Groups of Companies invested Nu 20M and worked for the entire project that stretches beautification works starting from the gate until the area beneath the thromde office, where a park has been built as well.

Thromde office aided consultation and other miscellaneous works. This is the first of the three phases of the Phuentsholing town beautification project.

Rajesh Rai, Phuentsholing