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The Divine Fertility Temple

One of Bhutan‘s best temples and also most unique temples is Chimi Lhakhang which is on top of a hillock, a few kilometers before Punakha. The temple is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley, fondly known as ‘Divine Madman’ because of his non-conventional and ‘outrageous’ style of teaching. He was a social critic and openly challenged the hypocrisy of the established orders. Thus, his use of the Phallus (Penis) as a ‘flaming thunderbolt’ weapon symbolizes the discomfort that society experiences while facing the truth.

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This extraordinary temple is popularly known to be the fertility temple among many and is frequented by childless couples and others alike for blessings. A wooden effigy of the lama’s thunderbolt is preserved in the temple, and childless women go to the temple to receive a wang (blessing or empowerment) from the saint. Newborns are also brought here to be named.

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