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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  • Another Bhutanese temple with interesting history and a key part in Buddhism. The story of the mad monk is quite intriguing, and the magic ‘powers’ of this temple built by his brother. It seemingly wo...  more »
  • A lovely walk down and up hill to a beautiful monastery from our hotel, to the fertility temple a role in fertility for families from all over the world. Only small but worth the visit to hear the sto...  more »
  • One of it's kind temple in Bhutan. It's so peaceful and calm. The shirt walk to the temple is memorable. Lots of souvenirs and handcraft items are available on the way.
  • Fertility Temple.Good place for visit.I like it.
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