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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  • Its a fertility temple and people come and pray here for having children. The temple also has an album of parents who had kids after praying here. The shops outside the temple sells very colourful...  more »
  • Being an urbanite,it was my first experience to walk in the slush and mud.Used to city roads,I think it is a challenge to do this trek.At times,the feet sank in the mud.The trek was rocky at places...  more »
  • Nice little town where the temple located. Local artifacts also sold there. I was told if couples can’t bear children should go there and pray for it. There is an album that show many couples succeed bearing child.
  • Its a monastery where folks come with a wish for baby. The nearby shops have a lot of local handicrafts. Dont be surprised to see pictures of men reproductive organ around. It is considered a symbol of fertility and you can get dummies of it in local shops. Overall nice experienc
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