Bhutan - Culture & Religion - Jeff Henry Photography
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Around and Around

Around and Around

In May 2012, while I was in Bhutan, the King got married. The ceremony was extremely elaborate, and occurred both in the capital city of Thimphu, and the ancient dzong of Punakha. Punakha Dzong is the second oldest and second largest dzong in all of Bhutan, and it had been cleaned, scrubbed, and decorated as maybe never before in preparation for the royal wedding. What an incredible time to visit. 

Deep in the dzong complex is a small courtyard with a steep set of stairs. The courtyard looks like any other, and the stairs don't hint at the incredible scene that awaits those who make the climb. I did, and was greeted by intricately carved wood pillars, colorful wall murals of deities, and two huge golden prayer wheels. After a few minutes a young monk came out and walked around the prayer wheel while spinning it; a second monk stood in the far doorway watching. 

While the monk started spinning the wheel without any prompting, he was kind enough to do a few more rotations when asked. This photo is one of my favorite from that trip, and was even published on the front cover of Bhutan's 2012 Tourism magazine.