Dhendup Norzang – the Naep (deity) of Gasa Tsachu.

Dhendup Norzang

Dhendup Norzang

Gasa is most famous for its Tsachu (hotspring) and thousands visit here, each year during the winter months as most believe it heals ailments. It was damaged in July 2009 by floods and has been reconstructed. To accommodate increasing number of visitors, buildings for boarding has also been constructed. But what remains unchanged is the tradition of making appeasement offerings to the deity Dhendup Norzang before enjoying dipping in the ponds. It is said that before Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal converted him into a Dharma protector, Dhendup was a wrathful demon, and as many other stories of conversation across the country by great masters, he too changed. Households in the villages nearby the tsachu, in their lochoes, make the same offering. I am currently working on digitizing the scripture. After many months of collecting and going through old texts form different households, and some research the scripture now look complete. While all locals and most visitors will know the name, many may not have seen a pictorial representation of him. This particular painting was commissioned by the former Lam Neten of Gasa Rabdey (currently in Tsirang), based on the scripture of Dhendup Norzang. I also learnt since it may be the first attempt at creating it, the headgear as depicted in the painting needs to be corrected, in addition to a few other minor details. If you happen to visit there, please visit the lhakhang on your way down from the guest houses towards the tsachu to look at the original painting.

[Photo by me with permission from the lam]


About Sangay Khandu

Elected to Parliament of Bhutan twice. Previously worked with the Central Bank, the largest SoE (power utility) and international organization.
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