Fleeing to Bhutan
Various prophecies supported the Shabdrung's intention to flee from Tibet to Bhutan. One morning he found a bundle of rice plants in his room, although rice does not grow in Tibet, and there had been no visitors from the south. Even the barley porridge he ate tasted of rice. The meaning of all these omen was clear: the Shabdrung should go to Bhutan, where his ancestors had built numerous monasteries and also had many followers.
Ngawang Namgyel also dreamt of a black raven - a form in which his protective deity Mahakala* appears - that was flying to the south.
One night he had a vision of his protective deities Mahakala and Palden Lhamo and they offered him the land to the south of the mountains as »heavenly realm«, where Buddhism would flourish in peace. In this heavenly realm the Bhutanese state was to develop.