Paro Tshechu - Thongdrel

On the last day of the Paro Tshechu, monks celebrate this masterfully embroidered painting of Guru Throngdel and his eight forms. It is believed that by witnessing this Thongdrel it will cleanse the viewer of sin. The Thongdrel is more than one hundred years old and is shown only during the early morning before the sun shines in order to preserve the purity of this Buddhist art.

I was up at 5am to be present during this event. I am wearing a kira to show appreciation to the national dress. For Bhutanese people it is necessary to wear their national dress inside a religious and official place, such as this Dzong. The last few days have I have thoroughly enjoyed these cultured events.