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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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  • This is a fertility temple dedicated to divine madmen drukpa kinley. He wanted to teach spirituality by being truthful and honest about everything around us and that includes accepting sex as part of ...  more »
  • This temple dedicated to one of Bhutan's favorite and famous saints, the "Divine Mad Monk" Drukpa Kinley is accessible by walking about 20' through rice fields and experimental plantations sponsored b...  more »
  • A beautiful temple built in the 15 the cent. with some interesting legends associated with it. Happy peaceful place with lots of little monks  more »
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  • The temple is so beautiful and fresh
  • My village I love my village..my village is so beautiful....
  • Pleasant hike through local villages. Tell your guide to drop you a little further away so you can walk through padi fields and villages. You get a neat snapshot of local life. Drukpa Kunley is an interesting character within the Tibetan Tradition and there are interesting legends of him. Take time to read up on it
  • One of the most beautiful places I have seen.
  • Good for men