Jambay Lhakhang Temple
Jambay Lhakhang Temple
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,705 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
It's a small temple. There are old Thangka paintings inside as the temple is 1000 years old the legend claims.
Written October 17, 2023
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White Mountain
Thimphu, Bhutan568 contributions
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Nov 2019
Jambay Lhakhang or the Temple of Maitreya is located in the beautiful valley of Bumthang and a short drive from the main town. Jambay Lhakhang was built in the early 6th Century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo credited for introducing Buddhism to Tibet and he is believed to be a manifestation of the Buddha of Compassion (Avalokitesvara) of whom the Dalai Lamas are similarly believed to be a manifestation of.

Jambay Lhakhang is one of the 108 temples built by King Songtsen Gampo to subdue a giant ogress that was preventing the spread of Buddhism in the Himalayas. After subjugation, the body of the ogress was laid across the Himalayas (of Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal) and the King built 108 temples over the body of which the Kyichu Lhakhang is said to be constructed on the left knee of the ogress. The Lhakhang was visited by Guru Rinpoche and many saints over the years and is a treasure house of many ancient relics, artifacts and statues of prominent Buddhists figures.

Like all ancient temples, the Jambay Lhakhang consists of a central shrine with a circumambulation path flanked by devotees every day. The central shrine contains a large statue of Buddha Maitreya, framed on either side by four Bodhisattvas. The ground floor houses the statues of the Past, Present and Future Buddhas. On the upper floor, the sanctuary contains remarkable paintings of Zangdopelri, the Glorious Copper Colored Paradise of Guru Rinpoche and the paradise of Amitabha (the Buddha of infinite light).

The most unique and astonishing Naked Dance is performed on the grounds of the Lhakhang every year during the Jambay Lhakhang Drup/Festival. Sixteen men dance around the Temple completely naked at midnight, and the dance has many religious significance centered around the forces of evil and good. Another important dance is the Mewang or the Fire Dance performed to bless infertile women to bear children.
Written September 9, 2020
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BhutanBurgoth
Thimphu, Bhutan23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
The Jambay Lhakhang) or Temple of Maitreya 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 CE on a single day, to pin down an ogress to earth forever.



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. The best known of these temples are Jokhang in Lhasa, Kichu in Paro, Bhutan and Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang District, Bhutan.

Other, lesser-known temples in Bhutan have been destroyed, but it is believed that, among others, Kongchogsum in Bumthang, Khaine in Lhuntse and two temples in Haa District may have part of these 108 temples. Jambay Lhakhang was visited by Padmasambhava and restored by King Sindhu Raja after the former returned his life force.
Written August 12, 2019
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Saurabh Gupta
Mumbai, India194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Very old temple but well maintained. Only suggestion go there with a professional guide to learn about the rich history of this place and hear interesting anecdotes.
Written June 22, 2019
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DL2Some
Detroit Lakes, MN867 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
A visit to Bumthang involves visiting several temples. Jambay is the oldest and a bit warn, but it is intriguing because of the people who are worshipping. Many are aged but appear truly devout. The rituals of Buddhism including circumambulation is on display here.
Written June 1, 2019
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Film G
New England1,027 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
An ancient religious complex, this was one of the original Buddhist centers of worship in Bhutan. Looking a bit tired and in need of some attention, the complex itself is still impressive and has a certain charm. You will see many pilgrims there.
Written February 25, 2019
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ohiowanderer
Columbus OH1,121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
One of the oldest temples in Bhutan, it was built in 657 to pin down a demoness on her left knee, so goes the legend. There are very old murals inside that you must see. It's a small temple but well worth seeing.
Written February 3, 2019
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Jennifer R
Sydney, Australia1,032 contributions
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Oct 2018
One of the oldest temples in Bhutan and generally looking a bit tired- but then I think we are a bit tired as well after 2 weeks of temple hopping in Bhutan .Quite a few elderly locals paying homage.
It is also the sight of a yearly naked dance - must be freezing !!
Written October 20, 2018
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sorwabhutantravels
Bhutan128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
One of the 108 temples built on the left knee of the giant ogress which distracted the teaching of the 1st Buddhist (33rd) King of Tibet, King Tsongtsen Gonpo in 7th century. Just seeing the natural footsteps, which represents 3 times. past, present and future, you can see the Maitreya or Jowo Jamba buddha, calm and peacefully looking at you. Attach to this chapel, there are other Kalachakra temple, Guru Lhakhang and Benji Khenpo memorial chorten with the statue of all Karmapas.

Since it is very old and sacred, so many elderly from all over the dedicate themselves with circulating the temple.

The temple is take care by the monks of Trongsa.

This is the place where the sacred naked dance is perform annually by the locals on 15th day of 9th month lunar calender.
Written September 16, 2018
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Kciff
Fox Island, WA1,003 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
Built on the body parts of an ogress this temple and 108 others were built in a single day. It is a very ancient temple with beautiful wall art. It takes a short time but try to visit the different sections of the temple. It is a pilgrimage site for Bhutanese and you will see many country folk there for blessings from the Guru Rimpoche temple.
Written August 6, 2018
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