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This traditionally constructed, covered cantilever footbridge allows access to Tashicho Dzong from across the Wang Chu river. There are many such bridges throughout Bhutan, typically strongly built, highly ornate and festooned with flags.

The colourful mandala is one of a pair decorating the ceiling at each end of the bridge.

In Sanskrit, mandala means circle or centre, and its use in Buddhism combines an appreciation for the artistic form as well as its meditative role.

The mandala is traditionally used for concentrating the mind so that it can pass beyond superficial thoughts and focus more precisely on valued concepts progressing toward enlightening the mind. To walk under a mandala, as in this example, is to receive a blessing.

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Additional Photos by Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2659 W: 72 N: 6453] (29318)
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