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Chimi L'hakhang Temple, Punakha
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See the many phallic statues at Chimi L'hakhang Temple, a shrine of a fertility saint. Standing on a round hillock amid rice paddies and mustard fields, the modest temple contains a 25 cm (10 in) tall wood and ivory lingam, the centerpiece for those seeking a blessing for fertility from a resident monk. Built in 1499 by Drukpa Kunley--the so-called "saint of 5,000 women" who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan--the temple gained notoriety for its fertility wish grants to childless couples. Local villagers continue this tradition, evidenced in the colorful lingams painted on their houses as well as many funny phallic signposts and memorabilia sold in the village. By using our Punakha tour planner, you can arrange your visit to Chimi L'hakhang Temple and other attractions in Punakha.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 sa...  more »
  • 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 us...  more »
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  • Its about 1.5 hrs walk from college of natural resources. I didn't know where i was heading but I had a beautiful place in front of me. I kept on walking and had been there.I don't have word to describe how i felt still i wana tell i felt i'm really blessed. I feel inner peace within... ahhhhhhha...... what a wonderful walk i had!
  • One of the most beautiful places I have seen.
  • To get there, we have to walk long way in the rice fields.
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