Few days ago, the old picture of Paro Tsongdue Lhakhang stole my heart. Today I found another picture that made me wordless. It is from the book called "Myth & Memory" by Tshering Tashi. I suppose the picture was taken somewhere in 1900s.
|Nymezampa Chortens Then in 1900s?|
Below is is picture of the same old chortens in 2007. In my nine years (in Paro) I have witnessed how those chortens withstood the forces of change and modernization. Enough willow trees has been planted in the surroundings. Although their wilted yellow leaves creates a mess in autumn and winter, it gives a lush green look in the spring and summer.
|Nymezampa Chortens in 2007|
In 2007, I was told that some devoted business family in Paro, voluntarily took the initiative of building two Mani Dungkhor. I personally thought the idea was noble. With two additional giant Mani Dungkhor, the area would truly become like a religious sanctuary. But just before the completion, the work came to a sudden halt. I don't know what went wrong. Few days later I saw new structures being removed piece by piece. Finally two giant Mani Dungkhor disappeared without a trace.
Now this is what it has become. Otherwise religious sanctuary and a shangrila like place has now become a giant parking area. Some call it development. Few call it as a sign of progress we humans have made. Many call it a modernization. But honestly, I don't know what to call it.
|Nymezampa Chortens now, 2014|