Bhutanese Buddhist Monk at the Simtokha Dzong

A Bhutanese Buddhist monk holds a bank note in his hands as he prays in front of the main prayer hall at the Simtokha Dzong in Simtokha. Thousands of Bhutanese dressed in traditional clothes and carrying their children flocked to this 17th century monastery to commemorate the death of Ngawang Namgyal, a Tibetan Buddhist lama, who is said to have brought together the region’s various warring fiefdoms for the first time before his death in 1651. According to legend, the Dzong was constructed enclosing a rock where a demoness was subdued.

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