Their Majesties the King and Queen of Bhutan granted ‘Teeka‘ and blessing to the Hindu Community of Thimphu yesterday at Lingkana Palace, the official residence of the King of Bhutan.
Officials of Hindu Dharma Samudaya, a religious organization of Hindu community of Bhutan were present along with the priests who performed Durga Pooja at Lingkana Palace. The teeka ceremony took place under the leadership of Minister of Information and Communication Lyonpo D N Dhungel.
His Majesty King Jigme Khesar and Her Majesty Queen The Gyaltsuen offered prayers at the pooja stall along with the new prince Gyalsey.
His Majesty also granted traditional Dashain lunch to the representatives of Hindu community who made to the teeka ceremony.
The tradition of receiving teeka from the King of Bhutan is a unique way to exemplify the religious harmony between Hindu and Buddhist communities in the country.
The day of Dasami ( Vijaya Dashami) is declared national holiday in Bhutan.
A teacher from Denchukha did not go home for teeka, for he could not afford to lose classes for his kids now studying in Wangdue.
Meanwhile, this year Dashain coincided with Thimphu Tsechhu. So, with extended holidays thanks to tsechhu, lhotshampas living and working in Thimphu could travel up to their villages and enjoy the festival with more relaxation.