Thimphu Drubchen – 2009

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The sacred Thimphu Drubchen (popularly known as Thimphu Dromchoey) was performed today at the Thimphu Tashichhodzong. The sacred masked dance is dedicated to appeasing the protecting deity of Bhutan, Pelden Lhamo.

The dance ceremony was instituted between 1705 and 1709 by Kuenga Gyaltshen, the first reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, son of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. According to legend, Pelden Lhamo appeared before him and performed the dances while he was in meditation. Based on these dances, Kuenga Gyeltshen initiated the dance ceremony.

The popular Thimphu tshechu will begin on 27 September.

Thousands of people attired in their best clothes gathered today in the courtyard of Tashichhodzong to witness the sacred dance.

Thimphu Drubhen - 2009

Thimphu Drubhen - 2009

Thimphu Drubhen - 2009

Thimphu Drubhen - 2009

Thimphu Drubhen - 2009

Thimphu Drubhen - 2009

Thimphu Drubhen - 2009

Thimphu Drubhen - 2009

Thimphu Drubhen - 2009

Thimphu Drubhen - 2009

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