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Address: Punakha, Bhutan

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Hilltop fertility temple

From the road ,there's a wonderfully memorable and peaceful walk through the paddies growing Bhutanese red rice via a clue of quiet farming villages to the hill where the temple... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This is a very popular temple with locals and tourists alike. The temple of the Divine Mad Man is said to offer blessing to those who asked. Many people brings small charms to be blessed there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

From the road ,there's a wonderfully memorable and peaceful walk through the paddies growing Bhutanese red rice via a clue of quiet farming villages to the hill where the temple is. Given the Rene of the divine madman celebrates the erect phallus and fertility you will see phalli painted on all the buildings and wooden phalli everywhere. Lots of photos... More 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This temple is certainly on the tourist trail, I suspect as much for the fact that there are penises painted on so many of the houses in the local villages as anything ! Most tourguides park up on the main road and tourists make their way through a small village, across some open fields, through another small village and up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

It is the fate of some of us to never have children to live through them and have our continuity yet if one sleeps in the temple, many had children born at even critically old age too. The story is true and there is an album as a living proof.

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

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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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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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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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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