By Phurpa Wangmo
His Majesty The King arrived in Thimphu on October 21 after a Royal Tour of the South, and entered quarantine.
During the Royal tour of the South, which also coincided with the Hindu festival of Dassai, His Majesty visited Gelephu, Samtse, Lhamoyzhingkha and Phuentsholing, while also stopping at Tencholing and Tsirang to meet De-suups and Dzongkhag civil servants.
While in Samtse, from October 15, His Majesty The King granted Audiences to the De-suups training in the 46th Batch De-suung Training Programme in Tendruk, and the De-suups working at the Lingtey Irrigation Scheme (National Service Water Project) in Sangngachoeling, and visited the Gyalsung site under development in Jamtsholing.
A statement from the Royal Office for Media (RoM) stated the Water Project campsites and some De-Suung Skilling Project centres are built by teams of Desuups known as Alpha-teams, who have completed numerous successive projects since last year.
His Majesty also granted Audiences to the faculty and staff of Samtse College of Education and the Samtse Covid-19 Task Force and civil service sector heads.
On 19th October, His Majesty visited Lhamoyzingkha from Phuentsholing, and granted Audiences to the Drungkhag Covid Task Force and civil service sector heads, and De-suups working at the Lhamoyzingkha National Service Water Project.
In Phuentsholing, His Majesty granted Audiences to the Southern Covid Task Force, the faculty of RIGSS, and the staff of the Anti Corruption Commission who are in Phuentsholing.
Further, His Majesty visited the College of Science and Technology in Rinchending and granted an Audience to the faculty there.
Earlier in the week, His Majesty had blessed and granted Dassai Tika to the Hindu Community at the Lingkana Palace, and later celebrated the festival at the Shivalaya mandir in Gelephu.
In Gelephu, His Majesty granted Audiences to the 46th Batch De-suups training at training centres in Pelrithang and Jigmeling, and visited the Gyalsung Training Site being developed in Tareythang.
A note from the Royal Office for Media stated that Dasain Tika granted by elders and parents convey special blessings and protection. Dasain marks the victory of the Dharma King Rama, who was an emanation of Vishnu, over the demon Ravana- a victory of good over evil.
“Dasain tika from His Majesty carries special significance as His Majesty is regarded as an emanation of Vishnu for those celebrating Dasain,” it said.
Image: His Majesty The King with De-suups of the Lhamoyzingkha National Service Water Project at their campsite.