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Thimphu Chorten or the National Memorial Chorten is one of the grandest monuments in the southern central part of Thimphu. The elegant architecture of Memorial Stupa in Doeboom Lam draws tourists from all around the globe. This stupa was dedicated to world peace to commemorate the third Druk Gyalpo.
The literal meaning of Chorten in the local language is "the seat of faith." The Buddhists refer to these monuments as "Mind of Buddha."
Unusual sculptures, wall carvings, and excellent artwork highlight Buddhist culture and its legacy. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third his highness of Bhutan, is regarded as the father of modern Bhutan. This monument was adorned with statues and paintings to honor king majesty.
The memorial Choren of Thimphu is the only Stupa in Bhutan which does not embalm remains of any saints or kings. This chorten forms a significant landmark in the Thimphu city.
As per the Nyingma tradition, the Memorial Chorten of Thimphu was brought about by Thinley Norbu(1904-1987). Ashi Phuentsho Choden Wangchuck, the sovereign mother of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, ordered to construct it in 1974 to represent the mind of Buddha. His Highness wanted this Chorten in the memory of Jigme Dorji. Druk Gyalpo’s mother, Phuntsho Choden, was the chief patron.
In 2008, an extensive renovation was undertaken to mark it as a prominent traveler milestone. It does not enshrine human remains. The photo of Druk Gyalpo in a ceremonial dress is the main attraction in chorten.
The National Memorial Chorten, or the Thimphu Chorten, is constructed in the conventional Tibetan style. There is a pyramidal column topped by a crescent moon and sun. What makes it not the same as others, however, is the round piece of the structure which expands outwards toward one side, in this manner giving it the presence of a jar. The Chorten is decorated with gigantic pictures of furious divinities in the company of their female partners.
One of the most religious structures in the entire town, the Thimphu Chorten, is constructed in a traditional Tibetan style. A golden spire caps the white-colored stupa. A marvelous and maintained garden in front of it adds to the beauty of this iconic chorten. There are three slate carvings on the main gate of this three-storeyed Chorten, and three Bodhisattvas are also erected on the front entrance. In Buddhism, Bodhisattva is a person who can attain nirvana but avoids doing so through compassion for other people.
Like the most religious structures in the whole town, the Thimphu Chorten is developed in a typical Tibetan style. A brilliant tower tops the white-hued stupa. A beautiful and well-maintained garden adds to the appeal of this notable chorten. There are three slate carvings on the main gate of this three-storeyed Chorten, and three Bodhisattvas are raised on the front passage.
These Bodhisattvas stands for empathy (through Avalokiteshvara), information (through Manjushri), and force (through Vajrapani). The large prayer wheels at the entrance are striking as a result of their size. Turning them is an exciting involvement with itself.
There are four hallowed places inside the Chorten, every one of them having an interesting image of the ruler. Each floor has four shrines. There are wooden carvings of defensive gods. Here, lessons from the Nyingmapa sect are preserved. There is a perpetual procession of the third ruler's photos and a plethora of information about him.
The ground floor is consecrated to the teachings of Vajrakilya. A staircase takes you to two more stories from the ground floor, and each floor houses four shrines. All four shrines carry different pictures of the king. All three levels cover a centrally placed large wooden carving, and these wooden carvings depict wrathful looking protective deities.
The second floor is dedicated to the Drukpa Lineage learnings of the Kagyud school to subdue eight varieties of evil spirits. Likewise, the top floor is dedicated to the learnings of Lama Gongdu. The teachings of the Nyingmapa sect are esoteric on these three floors. Padmasambhava hid all the texts that tentons rediscovered in the 19th, 12th, and 14th centuries.
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