After going through major restoration at the cost of close to Rs. 30 crores, the 400-year-old Chari Monastery in Thimpu, Bhutan was consecrated last week. Chari Monastery was founded by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1620.
The monks of the Central Monastic Body in Bhutan decided to hold the ceremony in 2023 as the years 2024 and 2025 are considered Loo-nag or inauspicious years, in Bhutanese tradition. The restoration of Chari Monastery started in March 2016.
The Chari monastery serves as the Central Drubdey or a retreat centre for the graduates of Dorden Tashithang Buddhist University and monks of the Central Monastic Body in Bhutan.
The Department of Culture and Dzongkha Development in Bhutan informed that while carrying out the works, the essence of the former architectural style is preserved, even while installing modern equipments such as fire alarms for safety reasons to safeguard the relics held at the monastery.
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