Religious body opens office


Dec 27: The members of Hindu Dharma Samudaya of Bhutan(HDSB) inaugurated its  head office at Motithang yesterday.

HDSB, formed in 2007, claims to be non political, non profit and non governmental organization aiming to promote Hindu religion and its values suitable for  the culture of the state.

“HDSB shall also promote the spiritual practices and traditions of Sanatan Dharma in harmony with the national ethos so as to foster and strengthen human values’, reads its press release.

This religious body will  conduct prayers, religious discourses and meditation classes, and manages Pandits and Purohits .

HDSB is also set to frame a guideline for carrying out religious practices in the interest of the state. It will also organize events for peace and well being of the king, country and the people (Tsa-Wa-Sum)


  1. Good news to all the Bhutanese Hindu. After all Bhutanese Hindu got the pseudo freedom in Bhutan. It may the eye wash of international communities about the religious freedom in Bhutan. Time will tell. what is the intention of Bhutan for giving permission to opening the office of religious org. It may the ploy to show the international communities that Bhutan has complete freedom of religion in Bhutan.

  2. I wonder whether this religious office will be used to further exploit the Lhotshampa of Southern Bhutan. It is also likely that in the name of religion, The Drukpa Regime will demoralise and deteriorate the existence Hindu philosophy in the tiny State of Bhutan.

  3. I say this is bad news for Bhutanese. The reason we were evicted from Bhutan was the Ngalong’s strong commitment to its religion-Buddhism. Not nationwide respect for our values itself. And now it suddenly allows religious freedom. This is dangerous and the point is to hit two targets with one arrow. One to calm down resentment within the population as it could demand political freedom (growing armed groups & international advocacy) admist alienation of Lhotsampas from the nation’s political and social structure, along answering back international criticism on the GNH principle of freedom of religion.

    And two, implement tantric Hinduism so that the Nepali population is controlled further.
    The true philosophic religious aspects of religion are never encouraged in actuality in any state of the world. Religion is a defined system of thought without flexibility hence there is a certainty of control and manipulation by the powerful. Buddhism in Bhutan had remained a system of control and so Hinduism will be used in the same way as this organization pledges to respect the King. The same goes for many states in the South-Eastern States of Asia. Buddhism has become a system of control except in Burma.

    Hinduism is a tool of state control in India. It keeps the majority completely in power and in a strong hold against minorities. So to help Hinduism foster and control the Nepali population, this is a simple trick given by the Indian government.—–(Ghesar use Hinduism for the Nepali population like you use Buddism for the Bhotehs..). Or perhaps the Ngalongs learned from their own practices that it is reliable enough to shout culture, tradition and religion without economic reform, and preach happiness.
    The policy is no more than a plan to tie up an elephant and beat it till the very end of its bounds of pain, so that it learns to obey and, later on even if you use a small string to tie it to a pole, it won’t move its place, and it will remain where you left it to stay.
    Buddhism in Bhutan is tantric. To keep it short, the Buddhism of Bhutan, as much as it contains spirituality it is directly associated with astrology. What is understood, by the monks as a path to life filled with sacrifice and the concept that you must feel happiness in that sacrifice, is kept away from the population. The population’s social life and political life are detached by the use of religion. While political desires are discouraged and forbidden, social desires are limited to religious desires.

    This is like beating around the bush than actual social service because it is detached from political service. Only Burma has religious forces acting as political forces. Bhutan doesn’t want politics to change the country; it wants religion to maintain a status-quo of social and political detachment of individuals from society.
    In general the Bhutanese population does not understand Buddhism as such. They are mainly driven into astrology and the huge expenses locals bear while performing rituals is not different from what is practised in Hinduism—expenses for the priests. The priests are the thriving lots and no one else. And perhaps in Buddhism the expenses are even more than in Hinduism. And this reminds us of the power, priests still exercise in developing societies. Not only does the Buddhist religious institution survive on the huge grants of the state, it infact pursues it and has done so from time immemorial.

    While we think of educating our people about their rights and empowering them to stand up for their needs, the priests of India are one step ahead, who will teach our brothers and sisters not to desire political freedom but to turn your minds to consider social service as limited to giving daans to priests and never think of social service as political emancipation.

    The same thing happened in Nepal 600 years ago when the Malla King called priests from India to sort out religious ways to control social and political forces. So history repeats itself.
    Now an important thing to understand is that states like Bhutan will give you freedom of religion and practices……. but will not want to free you from religion. They will rather institutionalise the religion so that Bhutanese are controlled by deities and astrology.

    Nice try. But know that this is religious subjugation of the Lhotsampas. This is not respect this is more disrespect, and further humiliation as the monarch displays its power to control our Identity.

  4. Thre may be a plot to send the Hindu Je khempo around the country with current Je Kempho to limit the people that religion in Bhutan means, either Buddhism or Hinduism doctrined by Thimphu.

    The concept of Sabdrung in the east is gradually fading off by more kidus and influence of Je Khempho, and Sarchops who are Sabdrung followers are attracted by good jobs and promotions offered by blessiong of Je Khempo. This is like giving flesh of meet to the dog and addict him/her, where the dog forgets the duty of barking and hunting his own meat.

    So Sarchops are in the verge of not only loosing their identity but also their ancestrol religious existence. The same may apply to the Hindus in Bhutan. How can you allow hidu religion to practice in Thimphu where you have the police in the gate temple to check your dress whether it is Gho and hidus costume when you are going to pray? and not a single Nu spent to construct Hindu temple.

    I remeber that in 2007 Oct 21st in the Samteling palace where I was fortunate to receive tika from His Majesty JSW (the last tika ceremony where the king has taken part, partially to show to the world to justify RGOB’s gesture to Hindus, since then no king has taken part in Tika), he has then ordered (100 or 500 thousand, not sure of the amount) to then finance Minister to allocate this amount for Hindu Temple in Thimphu, and now it comes after 12 years the concept of Hindu society, there must be something behind to expect such changes.

    In totality, the idea is getting Hindus like Sarchops to forget the Sabdrung and follow JeKhempos and limit the religious awareness to that.. What sort of religious freedom should the world call on this?

    How many temple for public in Thimphu are there except IMTART and India Embassy Temples?
    Where are the Hindu Temple in other southern places except few on Sarbang and Samchi?

    Rest both Hindus and Sarchops to judge your conscience while falling on this path.
    Apa Chencho

  5. Spot on Apa Chencho!! You have confirmed my speculation (..yes….speculations but that was based on history and experiences of societies around). This is the crux. Thank you for the facts, they have thrown confirmatory light on the religion related issues of Bhutan. This is a game …..religoius freedom to blind Lhotsampas with false faith and never let them free from religion…to occupy their life with fear of god, kings, and to rule them, to subjugate….but that is going to change bit by bit. We must challenge such institutions in some way or the other…