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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  • This temple is very different from other temples.Believed to b the temple of crazy monk. devotees are blessed with a wooden phallus. visited by childless couples from all over the world, so believed t...  more »
  • This place is also a temple or monastery,also known as temple of fertility.It is believed that if a lady is unable to conceive and she spends a night at this temple,she gets pregnant in near future.Th...  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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