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Tsakalingpas of Tsirang to get a new lhakhang

The people of Tsakaling vilยญlage, in Patsaling gewog in Tsirang are eagerly waitยญing for their first lhakhang, which is under construcยญtion.

In 2008, most of the peoยญple from Mongar Tsakaling came to resettle in Katali Kalikhawong. The new settlers were lead by late Apala, the group leader. In order to maintain their original identity as โ€˜Tsakaยญlingpaโ€™ the name of the place was then changed to Tsakaling.

โ€œEarlier the place was barren but now Tsakaling village is home to over 20 households,โ€ Gup Chabi Kumar Rai said. The village has access to electricity, safe drinking water and is connected by a farm road. โ€œNow people grow maize, millet, vegetables, citrus and cardamom and these crops are main source of inยญcome,โ€ the Gup said.

Kezang Drukpa, a 41 year-old old teacher of Baydeni Primary School in Tsakaling initiated the construction of the new lhakhang. He completed his education from Denjong Shedra, India and joined civil service in 2001. As a Buddhist practitioner, he always wanted to help othยญers. Initially he planned to build a stupa. However, reยญalizing the need, he promยญised to build a lhakhang to bring peace and harmony in the village.

โ€œThere is a dire need of a lhakhang to conduct our community rituals during auspicious occasions,โ€ he said.

Collection of raw maยญterials started in 2012 to start the work in 2013. โ€œThe place was very craggy and it took almost eight days to level the land. They investยญed Nu.35, 000 just to break stones in the location,โ€ said Kezang. About Nu 855,000 was spent so far and again Nu 8,00,000 is needed to complete the entire strucยญture of the lhakhang.

With a small populaยญtion, the village faces laยญbour problems. Carpenters are hired from Dagana and Tashigang. The carpenters are paid Nu 800 per day, Nu.750 for masons and the laborers are paid Nu.450 per day.

Kezang, who sold his land in Mongar is sponยญsoring the construction of the lhakhang. His wife Tenzin Gyem contributed Nu140,000 from her saving. He resorted to borrowings from the bank to top up.

The one- story lhakhang will be built in a traditional Bhutanese style with the use of an extensive woodยญwork and stones. The prinยญciple relics of the lhakhang will be Guru Nangse Zilnยญyon, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, Chana Dorji and Jetsun Dema statues.

Expressing excitement, one of the villagers, Chenยญgala said, โ€œHaving no desยญignated place, we have to pitch tent for religious acยญtivities. The new lhakhang will help the villagers in conducting any religious program and it will benefit the gewog.โ€


By Pema Choden

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