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Chimi Lhakhang

Chhimi Lhakhang, Punakha

Chhimi Lhakhang, Punakha

The fertility temple is visited by couples who have problem conceiving and they have been blessed miraculously with children. Couples are blessed by a replication of the iron bow and arrow of Drukpa Kuenley, his scriptures and the phallus. Some couples stay overnight at the monastery.

Chhimi Lhakhang is located on a small hillock and it takes 15 minutes to walk to the temple through a lush rice field. It is believed that Lam Drukpa Kuenley killed a demoness, turned into a dog and buried it under the mound of a hill. He then said ‘chi-med’ meaning no dog and built a black stupa on that. Lam transformed the demoness into a guardian and protector of the Buddha and gave her a new name, Chhoekim, meaning the one converted to religion.

Chhoekim is the guardian deity of Chimi Lhakhang.

Attraction in: Punakha