Bhutanese monarch has given a little ease to its Hindu community by allowing them to celebrate their greatest festival Dasain 2067 BS at the Durga Mandir in Thimphu.
With the theme of “Peace and Happiness through Spiritual Growth and Development” a team of nine Pundits headed by Pundit PL Nirola started Durga Puja on October 8 and that will end on October 17 on the day of Vijaya Dasami.
Talking to Choeday Lhentshog (Religious Commision) Pundit Nirola said that Durga puja symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
During the nine-day puja, the Devi Puran, Devi Saptasati, Ramayan, Vedas and other sacred religious texts will be recited, and prayers offered to seek blessings for good health and long life of the monarchs and the people of Bhutan.
Besides those living in the capital city, the Hindu communities around the country have also been reported to have already started their Dasain celebration.
The fourth king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchhuk declared Vijaya Dasami a national holiday in 1980.