Tshering Tobgay, the outgoing Prime Minister of Bhutan, time and again visits Hindu Temples. Tobgay is the leader of the People’s Democratic Party and was till recently campaigning for his party for the general elections.
The People’s Democratic Party kicked off its campaign on 23rd August from the Machen Lhakhang in Punakha Dzong in Bhutan by offering prayers to Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel.
After three weeks and 75 meetings later, the party team ended its campaign by offering prayers at the Bhairabkunda Shiv Mandir in Jumotshangka on September 13th. These are the pictures from his Bhairabkunda Shiv Mandir visit:
He had earlier shared pictures of Thimphu’s Devi Panchayan Mandir on July 10th 2018, which he had visited, and quipped that the ‘Temple is a sacred gift from His Majesty the King to the people of Bhutan, especially the Hindu community. The Mandir, which is nearing completion, is already stunningly beautiful.’ Pics from Thimphu’s Devi Panchayan Mandir are below:
Bhutan has several Temples and they enjoy Royal and Governmental patronage. Largely a Buddhist nation, Hinduism too is followed by a strong minority.
A 2011 World Bank report indicates the population is approximately 738,000. According to a U.S. government estimate, approximately 75 percent of the
population practices Drukpa Kagyu or Nyingmapa Buddhism, both of which are disciplines of Mahayana Buddhism. Most of the Nepali-speaking minority is Hindu, although there are small numbers of Christians and Buddhists. Hindus represent approximately 25 percent of the population.