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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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  • The Temple of Fertility as its more popular referred sits atop a small hillock and accessed by a difficult narrow lane off the highway. As you pass by paddy fields with water trickling along the road,...  more »
  • its a very special temple a must see. drukpa kuenley also know as the divine mad man, built this temple and they still keep his bow and arrow there. ask for the abbot and he can unlock the safe where ...  more »
  • En route to the Temple, the village walls are covered with male sexual organs. But we did not see any such stuff in the temple. You need to pass through a congested road(one way) and climb few steps t...  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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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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