Chimi Lhakhang Temple

Chimi Lhakhang Temple, Punakha

Chimi Lhakhang Temple
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AZCasualTraveler
Mesa, AZ1,831 contributions
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.
Written 23 May 2020
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Malcolm
Jerusalem, Israel1,256 contributions
Friends
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.
Written 13 March 2020
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RAJEEV099
Varanasi, India476 contributions
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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
Written 4 March 2020
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anshul a
Dharamsala, India354 contributions
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.
Written 31 January 2020
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L C
New York, NY347 contributions
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.
Written 16 January 2020
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KCAjith
Chennai (Madras), India353 contributions
A temple dedicated to a Tantrik priest, who claimed to have great powers in increasing fertility in women and providing relief to childless couples. Small in size compared to other gigantic temples.
We had to do a short trek to reach the temple set in a scenic, green covered plateau. Nice small structure with beautiful motifs and smaller structures.
Serene atmosphere.
Written 8 January 2020
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Baindur
Mumbai, India186 contributions
Got to know good amount of Bhutan history at this place with the help of local guide. Beautiful place with lots of history attached to it.
Written 6 January 2020
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Vandy
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India291 contributions
Its a fertility temple and people come and pray here for having children. The temple also has an album of parents who had kids after praying here. The shops outside the temple sells very colourful Phallus and makes it a unique temple. There is a tree outside the temple which looks very mysterious kinds and looks like a very old tree.
Written 18 December 2019
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Manjula Mowar
New Delhi, India53 contributions
Being an urbanite,it was my first experience to walk in the slush and mud.Used to city roads,I think it is a challenge to do this trek.At times,the feet sank in the mud.The trek was rocky at places with inclines.It was definitely not easy for me,a 60 plus person and with a hemiplagic left side.Still,the challenge was taken by me.My guide Dorji was of great help.He motivated and helped me do this challenging trek.All in all,after reaching the temple,I did feel at peace with myself.It is worth a visit as one passes through villages and paddy fields on the way.If you want to discover yourself and how much challenge you can take ,this is the trek for you.If a person like me with limitations imposed by my stroke attack resulting in paralysis to my left side which has made my limbs weak can do it,I feel a normal person will be able to do it.My determination which is a boon given to me by my mother enables me to take such adventures.Just go ahead and enjoy the blue of the skies and the greenery around. Enjoy the mountains around.It is just a superb experience.And,at the end of it just have a feel of the Divine Experience in the temple as also the great views from there of the environment around.You will remember it forever if you are a city dweller surrounded by concrete jungle and dull skies.Just leave yourself to NATURE here.
Written 21 November 2019
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Ramakrishnan R
Mumbai, India811 contributions
Family
A 2 km trek across a village and farms, of course shops selling Thangka paintings, and a steep climb in the last leg to reach the temple. It has an interesting story behind it; and belief even now...and hence the name fertility temple, that couples who visit here find their prayers for a child answered. Nice sights all around.
Written 13 November 2019
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