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Chimi Lhakhang Temple

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Chimi Lhakhang Temple

516 Reviews
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AZCasualTraveler wrote a review May 2020
Mesa, Arizona1,796 contributions138 helpful votes
The Chimi Lhakhang Temple is more commonly known as the "Temple of the Divine Madman or Temple of Fertility". There is a sign at the entrance to this Temple that gives a good description of how this Temple got its name: Lam Drukpa Kuenley (1455 to 1570) was an enlightened Buddhist master who personified the true essence of Vajrayana tradition that is also known as "Crazy Wisdom." This is the profound wisdom that transcend the mundane cultures of religion. Devotees fondly call Lam Drukpa Kuenley the "Divine Madman" because of his non-conventional and "outrageous" style of teaching. This monastery is well known throughout Bhutan as a "fertility inducing magnet", pledging that all who wish to conceive will find guidance at the temple. Quite an interesting place to visit.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Malcolm wrote a review Mar 2020
Jerusalem, Israel1,144 contributions212 helpful votes
Avery nice walk from the main road of about an hour to the Chimi Lhakhang Temple. The way is through the village that has small gift stores,caffes and restaurants. The need for fertility brings to the Temple many visitors.
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Date of experience: March 2020
RAJEEV099 wrote a review Mar 2020
Varanasi, India395 contributions73 helpful votes
The place is 45 minutes walk from main road and is also known as temple of fertility There is a common belief that couple who have problems in conceiving,get happiness of children after visiting here
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Date of experience: March 2020
anshul a wrote a review Jan 2020
Dharamsala, India340 contributions36 helpful votes
Chimi lhakhang is a lovely blend of art, history and mythology. You will need to walk for 1 km from the road in order to reach the village and you'll pass through a village and open fields.
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Date of experience: February 2019
nyctravelr wrote a review Jan 2020
New York, NY310 contributions309 helpful votes
There's a lot of hype about this temple due to the odd history of the priest and his powers of fertility. If you do any research you'll see a lot of photos with phallus art & the implication that the temple is centered on that. The temple is a very modest but peaceful structure a short, easy 1/2 hour walk from the highway. You'll walk through farmland and a small village. We were fortunate to watch framers threshing the rice by hand and a villager toasting the rice for snacks. You'll encounter the phallus art on the shops and local buildings as you walk through town, but not really in the temple. If you're coming for the irony of seeing explicit art in a temple, you're going to be disappointed. The beauty of the temple is its simplicity, odd history, and devotion from countless families seeking children. Nearby the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is a wonderful experience. It is a much newer temple (built by the mother of the current king to honor her son), but the journey is very beautiful (start by crossing the river by a pedestrian suspension bridge, then an energetic hike up the mountain while overlooking the lush valley, then arriving at the mountain-top temple) and the views are lovely. The temple was filled with monks making pilgrimage and playing music. Although the temple does not have the deep history as ChimiL'hakhang, it was a magical experience.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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