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Chimi L'hakhang Temple

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Address: Punakha, Bhutan

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Walk through Paddy Fields to get to the temple

Chimi Lakhang was built in 1499 by the cousin of Drukpa Kunley (aka Divine Madman) in his honour after he overpowered the demoness of Dochu La Pass with his wisdom. It is also... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Chimi Lakhang was built in 1499 by the cousin of Drukpa Kunley (aka Divine Madman) in his honour after he overpowered the demoness of Dochu La Pass with his wisdom. It is also called the Temple of Fertility; women who are childless go there to recieve blessings. Access to the temple is a short 30 min walk through paddy fields... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I think the best thing about this temple is getting there. Walking through the village and the rice fields and up the small hill is great. You see around you the golden rice fields, vegetables and all the signs of Buddhist life. Sadly you have to go by a bunch of shops which now takes away from the feeling. And... More 

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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Walked to this temple through rice fields and a small village. It is dedicated to Drukpa Kinley, the "maverick saint". Kinley lived an open life seeming to enjoy the outrageous behavior, including having an active sex life. This is known as the fertility temple and people come here seeking help in there reproductive efforts by making offerings. There are phallic... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

For those who do not mind a bit of a walk.I loved it. very windy and refreshing up at the Monastery. They served us free sprint, buiscuits and local snacks( maize and rice based) after we visited the prayer room. Saw a prayer meet as we reached just before lunch time. Can see the river bed in the distance below-... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Bhutan Dzochen Tours (Kinley Dorji ) took us here in early February. You have to be on a tour to come. It is a small fertility temple and the walk up here through the rice paddies, the wheat fields, etc. is picturesque and you get a glimpse of rural life in Bhutan which is not bad at all. They are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Liked stories and history, architectural style and incredibly detailed hand-painted and carved artwork both inside and outside the temple..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is a very special Lakhang in Bhutan's history, and the approach through the rice paddies below Sopsokha is memorable, especially on a sunny day. If you've never read about the Divine Madman, start here.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Compared to other temples and dzongs to see in Bhutan, this one is quite simple. Consists of small temple room courtyard, kitchen, and room for butter lamps. You may get the chance to see some young monks taking a break to play soccer. It's about a 25 minute stroll/hike through/past some farms and a village, where you'll get to see... More 

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Dunsborough, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The Chimi Lhakhang temple/monastery is some 500 years old, and that in itself makes it worth a visit. Its easy to get to - a relatively short walk across the rice fields from the small village of Sopsokha. The monastery itself is not all that remarkable, lovely that it is. But was IS remarkable is the history and mythology surrounding... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Chimi L'hakang Temple is also known as the "Fertility Temple" which is associated with Lama Drukpa Kuenley also called "Divine Madman" for his humorous style and sexual interpretations. Not for everyone

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