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Chimi L'hakhang Temple

Punakha, Bhutan
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Ranked #4 of 5 Attractions in Punakha
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

One of the highlights of our trip to Bhutan was getting conked on the head by a monk’s wooden phallus inside this temple. We had an easy walk on undeveloped road and trail through gorgeous rice terraces to reach this place, also known as a famed fertility temple. It was late afternoon, so sunbeams streamed down at sharp angles through... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The path to reach the 'Temple of Fertility" is encompassed by a beautiful fields around. If you take a stroll, it will take around half an hour to reach the place. The path takes you through an exemplary beautiful village. A true nature in itself. There is a nice cafeteria on the way along where you can relax on your... More 

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Kollam, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The temple is dedicated to the "Divine Madman" The monk who saw "sex" as a relief to all the problems. The way to the temple is very nice through the paddy fields and greens. The way side buildings has paintings of the phallus. Also known as the Fertility temple. Must visit place.

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Surat, India
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The highlight of visiting this shrine is the lovely walk through villages and paddy fields which has to be made to reach this temple. It has a very high importance amongst the local people. Its the temple of fertility and a lot of people come here to be blessed. The legend of Mad monk can be heard here.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

Got a couple of stories here. One this is the temple of fertility for those wishing help in producing offspring. Second heard about the divine madman who killed a spirit dog and buried in the black stupa and then his brother built a temple later. A 30 minute walk through a village and the terraced rice fields to reach the... More 

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Though the temple is not much different from the many more temples we have visited in Bhutan- But the walk through the village and the rice fields are what makes the difference. Worth a visit.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We liked going to this temple because at the time there were a lot of locals. Before you enter, there is a priest who sells prayer flags. He will design a package just for you based on your birthday and year, and any problems you may have to solve at that time. The flags come at tourist prices but it... More 

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Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I found this place to be one of those where the immediate journey to reach it was just as nice as the actual site. Upon arrival (and I gather most, if not all, tours – private and groups – undertake the same journey) we stopped on the main road and proceeded to walk down through a small village (Sopsokha) with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Having spent the early part of the afternoon at Punakha Dzong we drove to the small village of Sopsokha and walked down through the village to a small path running through the rice paddy fields some of which we being harvested [by hand of course]. Irrigation channels criss cross the paddy fields and you then go through a small collection... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We were intrigued by phalluses we saw everywhere in Bhutan from the day we arrived. After inquiring from our local guide, we learned that the phallus is actually a symbol with a very rich history which is said to ward off evil spirits as well as prevent envy. Most buildings have the phallus painted on the outside or have a... More 

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