Ruin house of Chang Yuel Bumo Galem
Category: Place Address Punakha
Galem was the daughter of the richest Farmer in Punakha dzonkhang and she lived in the (then glorious) three storied manor. Incidentally, she was also the loveliest maiden in her dzonkhang. Gasa Lamai Singye was a humble servant to the monastic order in Gasa.
The duo fell in love and nurtured dreams of spending their lives together. But every love story has a villain and in this case it was Deb the Chieftain of the area who fell for Galem’s stunning beauty. He communicated his desire to marry Galem to his assistant.
The attendant in turn was aware of the deep love between Galem and Singye but he pulled some strings to have Singye transferred to the Monastic Body of Gasa. After an unwilling Singye left, Deb’s proposal was communicated to Galem’s parents. Naturally the parents were overjoyed and insisted on Galem accepting the proposal even though she was unwilling.
Galem’s house with its rickety staircase….
local lore says that this is the very stairway
that Galem used to meet Singye
A desperate Galem confessed her love for Singye and let out the fact that she was pregnant. This shocking discovery provoked her parents to throw the unfortunate girl out of the house. A distraught Galem stayed for many days at the bank of Mo Chhu singing out plaintively to all passers-by and requesting them to pass on her message to Singye. Galem fell ill due to her pregnancy and poor health and legends say that even the Mo Chuu slowed its pace out of sympathy to the girl.
A passer-by was moved on seeing Galem’s plight and conveyed her condition to Singye who immediately tried to rush back. That very night Singye had a bad dream about his beloved and he knew that something bad had happened to her. When he finally reached Galem... she had perished and he was confronted with the sight of her funeral pyre.
Struck by despair, Singye jumped into the flames of the pyre and died bringing the tragic love story to an end. The deep pathos of their doomed love struck a deep chord in the hearts of people and their story was passed on from generation to generation,gradually gaining an epic reputation.
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