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Auspicious Symbols

Victory Banner
The victory banner symbolises the victory of the activities of one's own and others body, speech and mind over obstacles and negativitities. It also stands for the complete victory of the Buddhist Doctrine over all harmful and pernicious forces.

Right-coiled White Conch
The white conch which coils to the right symbolises the deep, far-reaching and melodious sound of the Dharma teachings, which being appropriate to different natures, predispositions and aspirations of disciples, awakens them from the deep slumber of ignorance and urges them to accomplish their own and others' welfare.
Golden Fish
The golden fish symbolises the auspiciousness of all living beings in a state of fearlessness, without danger of drowning in the ocean of sufferings, and migrating from place to place freely and spontaneously, just as fish swim freely without fear through water.
Auspicious Drawing
The auspicious drawing symbolises the mutual dependence of religious doctrine and secular affairs. Similarly, it represents the union of wisdom and method, the inseparability of emptiness and dependent arising at the time of path, and finally, at the time of enlightenment, the complete union of wisdom and great compassion.
Lotus Flower
The lotus flower symbolises the complete purification of the defilements of the body, speech and mind, and the full blossoming of wholesome deeds in blissful liberation..
Precious Umbrella
The precious umbrella symbolises the wholesome activity of preserving beings from illness, harmful forces, obstacles and so forth in this life and all kinds of temporary and enduring sufferings of the three lower realms, and the realms of men and gods in future lives. It also represents the enjoyment of a feast of benefit under its cool shade.
Vase of Treasure
The treasure vase symbolises an endless rain of long life, wealth and prosperity and all the benefits of this world and liberation.
Dharma Wheel
The golden wheel symbolises the auspiciousness of the turning of the precious wheel of Buddha's doctrine, both in its teachings and realizations, in all realms and at all times, enabling beings to experience the joy of wholesome deeds and liberation.

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Dzongkhag Profile


Trashigang Dzong was built in 1659 by Trongsa Penlop, Chogyel Minjur Tempa (1659-1676 AD, the 3rd Deb of Bhutan). The Dzong was then named as Trashigang, "the Fortress of the Auspicious Mountain". The Dzong was expended by Tenzin Rabgye, 4th Desi of Bhutan (1680-1694) and restored it around 1950 by Dasho Dopola, Trashigang Dzongpon. During 1960s and 1970s late Lyonpo Tamji Jagar (then the Nyerchen of Trashigang) and Dasho Kuenzang Tangbi carried out some repairs and changed the shingle roofing with asbestos sheet.

The Dzong has 8 different Lhakhang and these are Lam Lhakhang in the central tower which is dedicated to Shabdrung Rimpochhe, the Tshechu Lhakhang with Guru Tshengye, the Goenkhang dedicated to deities Mahakala and Mahakali, the Dupthob Lhakhang for Dupthob Thangthong Gyalpo and other great Buddhist saints, the Kuenray Lhakhang, the Tshokshing Lhakhang which has the lineage of Drukpa, Karamapa, Nyingmapa and Zogchen displayed and the Dema Lhakhang with 21 kinds of Demas.


Trashigang Dzongkhag has borders with Mongar Dzongkhag in the west, Samdrup Jongkhar and Pemagatshel Dzongkhag in the South, Trashi Yangtse Dzongkhag in the north and Indian state of Aranachal Pradesh in the east. Trashigang is 555 km away from Thimphu, the capital city and is one of the largest Dzongkhag in the Kingdom with total area about 3066.90 square kilometers. Dangme chu, one of the largest river in the country passes through the Dzongkhag. The elevation ranges from 600 m to over 4500 m above sea level. The climate is mainly temperate with an annual rainfall between 1000 mm and 2000 mm. The lowest human settlement is found at an altitude of 550 m above sea level at Deno of Lumang Geog and the highest at Merak at an altitude of 4600 m above sea level.


Dungkhags (sub-districts) 3
Geogs (blocks) 15
Gups (block headman) 15
Mangmi (block representative) 15
Total DT members 31
Total GT members 163
Staff Strengths 1056*
Note: * - indicates that ESP and GSP not included.

Trashigang Dzongkhag has 3 Dungkhags namely Sakten, Wamrong and Thrimshing, 15 Gewogs namely Bartsham, Bidung, Kanglung, Kangpara, Khaling, Lumang, Merak, Phongmey, Radhi, Sakten, Samkhar, Shongphu, Thrimshing, Uzorong and Yangneer, with the total households of 10,271 and population more than 48,783 as per the recent population and housing census.

The Dzong is being used as the Spiritual, Judicial and Administrative Centre of Trashigang Dzongkhag.
The following officials served as the Dzongdag of this Dzongkhag:
Dasho Tenzin Dorji
Dasho Kunzang Tangbi (1971-1986)
Dasho Tsheten Dorji (1986-1988)
Dasho Dorji Namgyel (1988-1992)
Dasho Rinzin Gyeltshen (1992-1997)
Dasho Dr. Sonam Tenzin (1997-2000)
Dasho Sherub Tenzin (2001-2003)
Dasho Namgay Wangchuk (2003-2006)
Dasho Minjur Dorji (2006-2007)
Dasho Dorji Norbu (2007-2009)
Dasho Lungten Dorji (2009- )

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