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Chimi L'hakhang Temple

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Address: Punakha, Bhutan

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Temple of the Divine Madman

This is a unique temple dedicated to the Divine Madman, where phalluses are revered. A hike through paddy fields and a short climb up a hill brings you to this monastery. It is a... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a unique temple dedicated to the Divine Madman, where phalluses are revered. A hike through paddy fields and a short climb up a hill brings you to this monastery. It is a peaceful place of worship and definitely worth a visit for all tourists to Punakha.

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Mumbai, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had an option to do a trek along the rice fields or do a short walk to the temple from the parking lot. Being tired, we chose the short walk and didn't do the rice field trek … but it looked really beautiful and may have been worth it. The approach road is very narrow in some places, with... More 

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Burton-upon-Trent, null, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Interesting walk through a local village and paddy fields to reach the temple. The village buildings are all adorned with pictures of phallus which are pretty amusing. Whilst visiting the temple we saw the young monks enjoying themselves playing a very competitive game of football. It is said that childless couples who visit the monastery and are blessed with the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Dedicated to a monk termed in English as the Divine Madman, the temple has a great ambience and history. It is popular as it is said to favour fertility so childless couples come there. As the monk used his phallus as a weapon and was bohemian, the surrounding area displays phalluses on walls and shops have them as souvenirs.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nearly 30 min walk through farms and a village, one can reach this temple built in the memory of a local Madman who was believed to have magical powers of passing fertility to couples. One can see souvenirs, paintings and artifacts of Phalluses in the vicinity. Also, this hike has an easy gradient except for a few tricky spots.... More 

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's an easy n comfortable walk through the village n fields to this temple. The walk to the temple lets you have a passing glance of the colourfully painted houses of the locals n the architecture. The locals also interact with you . It's very interesting to hear about the history n background of this temple n also why he... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The only way to reach the temple is by trekking through paddy fields --- by itself a great experience. For those not used to exercising regularly, maybe a bit of a strain as at the end there is a climb to be done. If you are lucky and it is the paddy harvest season (we went at that time) you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This is a lovely temple, but the best part of the visit was talking with a monk. I was trying to find a washroom, when a monk came along and we ended up talking about big topics like Buddhism, happiness and suffering. It's not in many places where you can have deep thought-provoking conversations with the locals. For me, this... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We had to climb 116 steps to reach this temple ----- hats off to ladies here they climb all the way up with their children on their back and offerings to God Here the monk of the temple name the new born child------the idol has 11 heads --- lot of positive energy must watch

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Seated on top of a prominant hill overlooking the surrounding countryside, this is a short walk through small friendly hamlets and rice paddies.

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