His Majesty The King graced the Rabney of the Kuenrey of the Wangdue Dzong. His Majesty The King was accompanied by Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey.
His Holiness the Je Khenpo presided over the prayers for the Tashi Rabney of the Kuenrey.
People from Wangdue gathered at the dzong reconstruction site for the ceremony received an Audience with His Majesty The King. His Majesty The King granted Tokha to the people.
A fire destroyed the Wangdue Dzong in June 2012.
Although the most important relics in the dzong were recovered, the dzong itself was razed to the ground. His Majesty The King commanded the reconstruction of the dzong, which was among the first to be built by Zhabdrung in Bhutan.
In the following year, His Majesty The King granted Nu 230 million towards the reconstruction, and the people of Bhutan came together to contribute Nu 930.23 million through various initiatives.
The government of India committed to contribute Nu 1 billion towards the reconstruction.
In accordance to His Majesty’s command, the new dzong was designed to have the same aesthetics as the previous structure, but include state-of-the-art technology to withstand disasters.
The reconstruction of the dzong began on January 2014. His Majesty The King graced the ground-breaking ceremony.
The Kuenrey of the dzong, which now houses a splendid assembly hall as well as a temple above, was completed by the end of March this year. Work on the Utse (Central Tower) has already begun.
In the afternoon, His Majesty The King also granted an Audience to the 19th batch of DeSuups at Tencholing.
Addressing the DeSuups, His Majesty described the importance of preserving our cultural heritage, the lifeline of our nation.
His Majesty said that it was with the greatest devotion that the people generously contributed in whatever ways they could towards the reconstruction of the dzong. However, if it had not been for the many traditional artisans who have kept alive the age old knowledge and skills needed to construct a dzong as they were in the past, we would not have been able to rebuild the dzong.
The 19th batch of DeSuups commenced their training at Tencholing on April 4, and will complete it by May 5. 45 women and 80 men have volunteered for the training programme, taking the total number of DeSuups in the country to 2,264, since its commencement in 2011.
The DeSuung Integrated Training Programme was initiated upon the Royal Command of His Majesty The King to train volunteers to offer their services to the country during national events and disasters.