Chimmi Lhakhang the Temple of Fertility – Punakha
Chimmi Lhakhang is also known as the “Temple of fertility” and simultaneously the “Divine madman Temple”. In ancient times there was a Great saint but very shabby looking by the name of Lam Drukpa Kuenley” and he was known to teach in absurd ways whereby his “Phallus” was the main weapon and power for destruction of the evil that prevailed all over the lands and within people.
This temple is a days journey from the Capital City of Thimphu.
En Route to this temple you will see the village homes of Sopsokha, adorned with all sizes and shapes of the “Phallus” that it gets awkward at times to be passing by photos, paintings and handcrafted objects of the Phallus, considered taboo by most people. But openly displaying the Phallus was intentionally practiced by the Divine madman as this brought about discomfort and embarrassment to all who see it and such emotions were supposed to cleanse away the sins.
This 1499 AD temple is famous for couples who pray here to have a child and the child born after visiting this temple is said to be a gift from the great saint Drukpa Kuenley. The couple who pray for a child is blessed on their heads with a wooden phallus.
Also all children born after visiting this temple is usually named ” Chimmi “
It’s one of the beautiful walks through the village houses to this temple which sits on a hillock.
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