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Chimi Lhakhang Temple, Punakha

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See the many phallic statues at Chimi Lhakhang 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 Lhakhang Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • For the ritual, the woman needs to carry a wooden phallus and walk around the temple 3 times in a clockwise direction. The monk will then chant prayers, follow by choosing a name for your child and... 
    For the ritual, the woman needs to carry a wooden phallus and walk around the temple 3 times in a clockwise direction. The monk will then chant prayers, follow by choosing a name for your child and...  more »
  • The Chimi Lhakhang Temple is more commonly known as the "Temple of the Divine Madman or Temple of Fertility". There is a sign at the entrance to this Temple that gives a good description of how this....  more
    The Chimi Lhakhang Temple is more commonly known as the "Temple of the Divine Madman or Temple of Fertility". There is a sign at the entrance to this Temple that gives a good description of how this....  more »
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  • Ah, the temple of fertility in the fertile valley. A perfect combination to frame the sacred antics of the Divine Madman, Drukpa Kinley and the very movement that makes Bhutan a million times crazy and fascinating as it already is. Cum one, cum all.
  • The Kingdom Of Bhutan Is The Last Vajrayana Buddhist Country In The World And It Contains Many Revered Religious Sites. One Of Such Sites Is Chimi Lhakhang Located On A Round Hillock And The Site Was Blessed By The Tibetan Saint Lama Drukpa Kunley (Divine Madman) Who Built Small Chorten (Stupa) After Subduing A Demon Of Dhochula (Between Thimphu And Punakha) With His Magic Thunderbolt Of Wisdom And Trapped It In am A Rock.

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