Yesterday, I joined Thimphu’s Hindu community to mark the conclusion of the nine-day Durga Puja. During the puja, the Goddess Durga’s blessings were invoked for the long lives of Their Majesty the Kings, and the peace, prosperity and happiness of the people.
The sacred ceremony, which has been organized annually since 1981, is still conducted in a make-shift temple in the PWD Colony. So I’m happy to hear that the government has allotted land in Thimphu to build a proper mandhir.
Today, I wish my fellow Bhutanese who observe Dassera, a very happy Dashain! I’m off to celebrate this auspicious day with my relatives.