Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Punakha Dzong - puna dewa chenpoi phodrang

The massive structure at the confluence of the two rivers: Phochu and Mochu, is Punakha Dzong. The location in the past would have provided security in three directions by the rivers acting as natural moat. The soldiers, that time must have, had only one direction to cover with fire and observation. The bulk of the force could have been available in that direction, rendering it formidable to defeat despite not being at the dominating height.

The exterior walls slants inwards like that of a pyramids giving more stability as the wall rises high to culminate at the serto. As I look up from the base towards the roof, I was filled with awe just like looking up from the base of the skyscraper.

It stood the test of time without using binding agent like cement and rose high without using iron rods or pillars. The intricate wood works involved in the windows, doors and trusses were joined without using nails, I was told.

The entrance opened up into a huge courtyard with a chorten and tree growing within the courtyard housing another high rising monument, magnificently obscuring the view beyond.

The thickness of the walls can be appreciated, once inside at the openings of the windows. It provides a cut section view of the thick wall - almost greater than a meter thick. It must be the tapering thickness of the walls that helps in keeping it standing without using cement and iron reinforced pillars.

Awestruck, I left. Leaving the rest of the visit for another auspicious day, perhaps with appropriate offerings. The roofed wooden bridge, joining the highway and the Dzong matches the design and aesthetic beauty, preserving the feelings of being in wonderland in the times of rapid development - that can be thought only by farsighted leader....