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Address: Punakha, Bhutan
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An unlikely Founder

This Temple was built by Drukpa Kuenley, otherwise known as the 'Divine Madman'. Some of his methods of teaching Buddhism were unorthodox and would raise some eyebrows today... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Diana B
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Lapta, Cyprus
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Notodden Municipality, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A very special place and probably the origin for the phallus. We were able to attend a very special occasion in the temple and it will for ever be in our hearts!

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Lapta, Cyprus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This Temple was built by Drukpa Kuenley, otherwise known as the 'Divine Madman'. Some of his methods of teaching Buddhism were unorthodox and would raise some eyebrows today! He was also responsible for introducing the phallus in the region as a popular symbol, so much so that you will see it painted on houses, used as a signpost and freely... More 

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At Chime Lhakhang, Lama Drukpa Kunley, the "Divine Madman", subdued a demoness in the shape of a dog that had haunted the Dochu la and buried her under the stupa with the black painted base. It should take about 30-40 min. walk on dusty path-way to reach.

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Thank Rishiraaz
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

To get to the temple you walk through rice fields and see everyday life in this part of Bhutan. The walk was appreciated after the drive from Thimpu and the temple was a nice attraction.

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Thank DCJoMo
kolkata
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We visited the Chimi Lhakhang Temple. The car goes very close to the temple. It is a 5 minutes walk. Nice monastery worth visiting. It is located near a village.

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Thank MountainloverKolkata
Casper, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We hiked here through the local village and fields and then walked up to the Monastery. Its well worth taking the time to see this one.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

This is an interesting temple of fertility its story is interesting and enjoyable. It's reached through an easy hike up from a nearby parking lot, but your guide and driver can suggest a long walk, starting across the valley, and then walking through some local rice paddies and a village -- well worth the extra time and effort.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Walk across the fields for about 15 minutes to reach this 15th century temple. Serene atmosphere. Lama Drukpa Kunley subjugated a demoness and buried at the spot where the temple stands

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

we went here as a part of a tour from the umo hotel and our guide Sonam told us the history of the divine madman and the story of Buddhism which made this visit so meaningful to us. our timing was right and we took part in the ceremony going on while we were there. many of the monks are... More 

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

This temple is not a aesthetic delight but surely has an interesting history that has a religious head and a womaniser being worshipped by scores of people as a god of fertility.. Quite a few couples claim to be blessed with kids after visiting this temple. The locals worship the phallus as a weapon and have some momentos for sale... More 

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