Bhutan | Paro

Kyichu Lhakhang

Embrace Bhutan Cultural Tour

Paro | Bhutan

18 Nov 2019 | Mon

Day 12 of 13

  • Hike to Tiger’s Nest
  • Kyichu Lhakhang

– Kyichu Lhakhang –

Kyichu Lhakhang Temple is one of the oldest shrines of Bhutan (dates back to 7th century. According to legend, Kyichu Lhakhang was one of the 108 temples built in AD 638, by a Tibetan Buddhist king in order to overcome a giant ogress who laid across regions of the Himalayas in order to prevent the spread of Buddhism.

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Kyichu Lhakhang

Dubbed as the Sacred Jewel of Bhutan, the temple houses many precious relics. The inner courtyard conceals a mural portraying King Gesar of Ling. Beyond the exquisite gilded door, the inner hall of the main Jowo Lhakhang conceals an original 7thcentury statue of Jowo Sakyamuni, believed to have been cast at the same time as its famous counterpart in Lhasa, which easily qualifies it as the greatest treasure in the valley. The Guru Lhakhang contains statues of Guru Rinpoche and Kurukulla or the Red Tara. Outside the hall of the shrine is a statue of Chenrizig or the God of Compassion. The cloisters that fortify the temple foster a contemplative space populated by fruit trees and prayer wheels, which monks and devotees spin quietly as they circumambulate the sacred space. Adding in no small measure to the spiritual worth is a Chorten or Stupa containing the ashes of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, the revered Nyingma Buddhist Master and Spiritual Teacher to The Queen Mother.

Breath Bhutan – Kyichu Lhakhang

Prayer Wheels at Kyichu Lhakhang

The Sacred Jewel of Bhutan

After finishing up a wonderful day hiking up top Tiger’s Nest it was time to visit our final stop of the day – Kyichu Lhakhang. Like many temples in Bhutan, we were not allowed to take pictures inside. What we did see was very impressive. It took some time to do, but before leaving, we did get a chance to spin all of the many prayer wheels around the perimeter of the temple.

Map – Kyichu Lhakhang

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