The magnificent Rinchen Pung dzong perched just above the clear water of the Paro Chhu river. The dzongs of Bhutan served as combined strongholds and places of worship, strategically placed at chokepoints in the deep valleys. Most dzongs have been damaged or destroyed at least once, the main culprit being the dangerous combination of old dry wood and butter lamps. In our era, the dzongs continue the practice of combining worldy affairs with the spiritual plane. Dzongs serve as hosts for monk bodies, have at least one temple and house the provincial government, including a court of law.