Choesham


limbing up an old, narrow wooden ladder (Aykhu) and walking across a small corridor (Tingu) takes you into a small room scantily bedecked with wooden trunks and boxes. It is normally used as the family or the living room. In the centre of the room is a pot filled with alcohol brew ready to be served to the visitors.

The next room is the main shrine room with an old traditional alter. Shrine rooms are very special and sacred for the Bhutanese. Only special guests and Buddhist monks are allowed to use the space as the sleeping room. The shrine is antique and belonged to a great lama whose reincarnation still continues to carry on the lineage. A monk is usually found in the Shrine room quietly reciting prayers. Placed around in the room are religious objects that have a story of their own. The Atsara is well versed and will explain their purpose.