Amid the peaking summer heat, as traffic below advances at a pace enough to exasperate a snail, and as constructions nearby set off racket, a heart blooms and beauty prevails.
It is an entirely different world at the core of the capital town. Its popular landmark, the National Memorial Choeten, is adorned with plants and petals of all shades. With all colours in the universe converged at the location, spiritual ambience the stupa sparks off is further heightened.
It is as though offerings of flowers are being made from all directions to the sacred monument, built in keeping with aspirations of Bhutan’s third King.
The third Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition is underway at the venue. Since the opening on June 4, families and visitors from the capital and beyond have poured in to admire and relish the ingenuity of the exhibition.
Plants and flowers are presented in various themes and orchestrations. Put together by agriculture ministry, armed forces, private florists and organisations, the exhibition also showcases Bhutan’s rich indigenous plants and herbs, as well as ornamental flowers. Gardens developed by participants from India, Thailand and Japan infuse variety to the display.
Such exhibitions, a royal initiative, come at a time when more individuals embrace gardening habits. It is a banquet for flower enthusiasts to indulge in the assortments. It is also an educative experience for children to get introduced to the flowers.
However, while blessed with rich natural resources and scenic greens in the country, thanks to the leaders who assert importance in sustaining them, many fail to value it. It is only when urbanisations force families to settle for apartments confined in buildings rubbing against each other that one craves for the space.
The exhibition at the memorial choeten exhibits lessons on how one can make the best of the limited space available to beautify and mingle with nature.
Even otherwise, sparing a few minutes to circumambulate the stupa arising from the ground primed with flowers means delving into a spiritual experience that leads to introspecting on purpose of life and its values. One can symbolically open up ones heart to radiate inner beauty to the surrounding.
As with the last flower exhibition held in Paro, the event was timed to celebrate the birth anniversary of Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen. Making it more special, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino of Japan graced the flower exhibition during the opening.