Rinpung Dzong is a large dzong – Buddhist cloister and defensive structure – of the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu faculty in Paro District, Bhutan. It houses the district Monastic Body and government body offices of Paro Dzongkhag. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.
In the 15th century native folks offered the drop-off of Hungrel at Paro to Lama Drung Drung Gyal, a descendant of Pajo Drugom Zhigpo. Drung Drung Gyal built a tiny temple there and later a 5 storied Dzong or defensive structure that was called Hungrel Dzong.
In the 17th century, his descendants, the lords of Hungrel, offered this fortress to the Drukpa prelate, Ngawang Namgyal, the Zhabdrung Rinpoche, in recognition of his religious and temporal authority. In 1644 the Zhabdrung dismantled the existing dzong and ordered the foundations of a brand new dzong. In 1646 the dzong was reconsecrated and established as the administrative and monastic centre of the western region and it became called “Rinpung Dzong”.
Some scenes in the 1993 film Little Buddha were recorded during this dzong
A great annual pageant or tshechu is command at Rinpung Dzong from the eleventh to the fifteenth day of the second month of the normal Bhutanese calendar (usually in March or Apr of the Gregorian calendar). On this occasion, holy images square measure taken in a procession. This is followed by a series of traditional mask dances transfer non secular stories that square measure performed by monks for many days.
Before the break of dawn on the morning of the fifteenth day, a great sacred thongdrel banner thangka portraying the Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava is displayed for the general public within the early morning hours, to keep to the tradition of not allowing daylight to fall thereon
- AddressParo, Bhutan
- Category Temple
- Location Paro
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