Wangdue Phodrang Dzong was founded by the Zhabdrung in 1639. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal was supposedly at Chimmi Lhakhang in Punakha when he met a decrepit old man who described a ridge in present day Wangdue Phodrang as a sleeping elephant and told him he would unite the country by building a Dzong on the neck of the ridge. he Zhabdrung, surmising the old man to be Yeshey Gonpo (Mahakala), took his suggestion and sent forth a noble to scout the area. As the emissary drew close to the area, he saw four ravens circling above the ridge. Upon reaching the ridge, the birds flew away in four directions, north, south, east and west.
24th June, 2012 at around 7:10 PM I was surfing my Facebook and saw the status written the opposition leader, Lyonpo Tshering Tobgay which says “Terrible news – Wangdue Dzong is on fire. The situation appears hopeless. Firefighters and volunteers can’t do anything to control the blaze, which, fanned by strong winds, is now engulfing the “utse”.” and later written in the His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s fan page which says ” Sad day for Bhutan today .Wangdi phrodrang Dzong on blaze right now. Thousands of Brave souls fighting the fire. A very sad day for Buddhists all over the world..His Majesty in the site right now battling the fire. bY the Youth…”. I was really sad, yet helpless. I have my semester end examination the very next day. I was worried too thinking that something bad may happen to His Majesty the king and the helpers. May god help Bhutan.