Jambay Lhakhang

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Coordinates: 27°34′31″N 90°44′1″E / 27.57528°N 90.73361°E / 27.57528; 90.73361

Jambay Lhakhang
Monastery information
Location Jakar, Bhutan
Type Tibetan Buddhist

Jambay Lhakhang, also spelled Jampey Lhakhang or Jampa, is located in Bumthang (Jakar) in Bhutan, and is said to be one of the 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 659 AD on a single day, to pin down an ogress to earth forever.[1]

Legend[edit]

It was divined that the supine demoness was causing obstruction to the spread of Buddhism, and temples were constructed on her body parts that spread across Tibet, Bhutan and the borderlands.[1] The best known of these temples are Jokhang in Lhasa, Kichu in Paro and Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang. Other lesser known temples in Bhutan have been destroyed, but it is believed that among others, Kongchogsum in Bumthang, Khaine in Lhuentse and two temples in Haa may have part of these 108 temples. The temple of Jambay Lhakhang was later visited by Guru Rinpoche and later restored by Sindhu Raja after Guru restored his life force. It has been repaired and rebuilt several times over time.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pommaret (2006), p.241

Bibliography[edit]

  • Pommaret, Francoise (2006). Bhutan Himlayan Mountains Kingdom (5th edition). Odyssey Books and Guides.