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Gayum Phuntsho Choden 1911-2003
Her Majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden, affectionately known to the Bhutanese people as Gayum Angay, passed away peacefully on the morning of August 24 at her retreat residence in Dechenchholing. She was 92 years old.
Born of a lineage that goes far back into the origins of Bhutan's spiritual and royal history, Her Majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden's royal ancestry lies in the sacred prophesies that foretold the advent of dynamic saints and rulers that continue today.
Ashi Phuntsho Choden was a descendant of the Tamzhing Choeje nobility. Known as the Myo family, the lineage saw an unbroken succession of extraordinary personalities who shaped Bhutanese history over the centuries.

Notable among them was Rigzin Pem Lingpa, born to Sumthrang Choeje Dhendrup Zangpo in 1450. This great Terton, who fulfilled Guru Rinpoche's prophecy and revealed sacred treasures that protected and strengthened Bhutan's Buddhist heritage, established the Tamzhing Lhundup Choling in Bumthang.

Ashi Phuntsho Choden was born in 1911 at Wangdue Choling Palace to Chumed Zhalgno Dasho Jamyang of the Tamzhing Choeje family and Ashi Decho, daughter of Ashi Yeshey Choden who was the sister of Druk Gyalpo Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck.
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