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. Using our world travel planner, Punakha attractions like Chimi L'hakhang Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • An interesting hike along the way to this temple. You will see many souvenir shops but towards the last leg of the hike, you will have stairs to climb but not too difficult. The temple is a small one,...  more »
  • Chimi Lacan is a funny symbol-filled Temple. The story of the mad monk, a phallic figure or a phallic statue looks a lot. So, while the young girl who visited Lacan chimi elements holding the section of namgeunsang you can see the expression.
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  • This Temple has been given the name of the fertility temple associated with its mythical powers to help couples who otherwise are having problems conceiving to conceive. This also allowed us to enquir...  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.
  • 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!

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Where to stay in Punakha

Though a handful of hotels and resorts exist in Punakha, many visitors choose to stay in national capital Thimphu or a nearby town or village. Thimphu has the widest selection of accommodations, but you may want to consider one of the cozy spots tucked in the valley, just a 20- to 25-minute drive from Punakha. If you're having trouble finding lodging in Punakha, take a look at the nearby towns of Wolakha, Sopsokha, and Lobesa.
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