Their Majesties, Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering And Other Dignitaries Of Bhutan Offered Prayers For Sri Lanka


His Majesty also sent a message of condolence to the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, expressing the solidarity of the people of Bhutan with the people of Sri Lanka.

(Source: Facebook/His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck)


By Staff Reporter Kuensel

On behalf of the people of Bhutan, His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen offered prayers and a thousand butter lamps at the Kuenrey of the Tashichhodzong on 22 April, in memory of those who lost their lives in a series of bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday. The Prime Minister and government officials also joined them in the prayer ceremony.

Following eight explosions in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, which mainly targeted churches and hotels as people were worshipping and celebrating Easter Sunday, 359 people were killed and about 500 wounded.



His Majesty also sent a message of condolence to the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, expressing the solidarity of the people of Bhutan with the people of Sri Lanka.

Prayers are also held in other places in Bhutan

Along with a prayer ceremony at the Tashichhodzong, special prayers were also held in other important temples, at the Command of His Majesty The King. 


Photo: Facebook/His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck


His Holiness the Je Khenpo presided over prayers at the Namdroling Goenzin Dratshang in Lhuentse. The Chenrezi Moenlam was performed in Changangkha Lhakhang, and a thousand butter lamps were offered at the Kyichu Lhakhang (temple) in Paro, where the Zangchoe Moenlam was performed.

The Zangchoe Monlam, or the prayers for the aspiration to good actions, also known as the true words of the Buddha, are performed to evoke peace and enlightenment, and to bless all sentient beings, both the living and the departed. It invokes well-being in living souls and eternal peace for those who have departed the earthly realm.

At the Semtokha Dzong (monastery), a three-day Mithub Tongchae prayer ceremony was also performed.


The Semtokha Dzong is the first of the fortresses built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in the 17th Century. According to legend, the dzong is built to subdue a demoness that menaced the people of Thimphu Valley, so the fortress symbolises protection over the valley.

Photo: Facebook/His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck


The Mithub Tongchoe prayers are especially performed for the liberation of the departed souls. In Buddhist belief, all those who have died must traverse through Bardo, the intermediate world between the worlds of the living and the dead. The Mithub Tongchoe prayers are performed to ease their journey.

Close ties between Bhutan and Sri Lanka

Bhutan and Sri Lanka have close relations due to a shared spiritual heritage, and as co-members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

Bhutan continues to send a number of students to study medicine in Sri Lanka each year, and a large number of Bhutanese doctors have a special connection with Sri Lanka, having lived and studied there. Currently, the Bhutanese students in Sri Lanka are safe.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering posted on the PMO official Facebook page condemning the heinous and senseless acts of violence.

“I am deeply shocked to learn of the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka today that has taken the lives of so many innocent victims. We strongly condemn such heinous and senseless acts of violence,” lyonchhen said.

“The Royal Government and the people of Bhutan join me in expressing our solidarity with the Government and friendly people of Sri Lanka and extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families. Our thoughts and prayers are with bereaved families in this hour of sadness.”


This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.


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