Kyichu Lhakhang – A Spiritual Gem of Bhutan
Bhutan, also known as Last Shangri La is not just a country of flourishing its beauty with the picturesque mountain views and vibrant landscapes, but also an ideal pilgrimage destination for the holistic people. Paro, a beautiful city of Bhutan, is considered to be as one of the main centers of Buddhist monasteries. Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Paro which seems to be considered as the spiritual heart of Bhutan. This monastery is being equipped with a Jowo (Buddha) as a leading statue, it is also known as Joyo Lhakhang. It is a sacred gem which creates a deep mark on the locals as well as the tourist’s mind for fulfilling the wishes of all, who came here for visit.
Access to Kyichu Lhakhang, Paro:
- The easiest way to reach Paro is taking a flight from your nearest airport to Paro International Airport. After reaching the airport, you can hire a cab to reach Kyichu Lhakhang. It is the nearest monastery to the airport. The distance from Paro International Airport to Kyichu Lhakhang is 5km.
- You can also reach Bhutan on the railway track. However, there is no direct rail line up to Bhutan. Firstly, you have to reach the nearest railheads which are NJP railway station and Hasimara station. And then you can hire a taxi or a cab to reach this monastery.
History Lies Behind the Origin of Kyichu Lhakhang-
Kids playing with Prayer’s Wheel @ Kyichu Lhakang. Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest and most beautiful temples. The temple is popularly believed to have been built in 659AD by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet, to pin down ‘the left foot of the supine Ogress’, which was thwarting the establishment of Buddhism in Himalayas. Kyichu is said to be one of the main 12 temples of the 108 temples that were built overnight across Tibet and borderlands🇧🇹🙏🏼 . . . . . . . . #kyichulhakhang #sacredmonastery #bhutanese #tibetanbuddhism #landofthunderdragon #bhutan #paro #oldesttemple #108temples #🇧🇹 #throwback #amaladestinations
It is believed that Kyichu Lhakhang was built by a Tibetan Emperor, named Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century in order to defeat a giant monster. At that time, it was known that a giant monster was blocking the spread of Buddhism by preventing them to pass across the land. So, the emperor was built the 108 Lhakhangs on different points of the monster body. Kichu Lhakhang is being one of them is considered to be one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.
Kyichu Lhakhang’s compound consists of two temples:
- First one built by Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo in 1659.
- Another one in the same style of Kyichu Lhakhang was built by Ashi Kessang Wangchuk, the third wife of the kings in 1968.
Things to See Inside the Kyichu Lhakhang-
- When you entered the first temple, you will see on the right side of the hall an original 7th-century statue of Jowo Sakyamuni. Moreover, you will also explore deep grooves on the floor which is created due to the locals and all the visitors kneeled down here for the prayer from the several years.
- In the second temple, you will witness a 5-meter high statue of Guru Rinpoche and Guru Kurukulla with holding a bow and an arrow. There is another thing to see here that is a Chorten which contains the ashes of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
More Highlighted Points about Kyichu Lhakhang Monastery-
Best Time to visit: October-March and April-September
Opening hours: (October-March) 9 am-2 pm and 3 pm-6pm; (April-September) 8 am-1 pm and 2 pm-6 pm daily
Duration of this tour: 3hrs
Activity- Spinning the wheels and encircling the temple to get the blessings of holy Buddha.
Fact- It is believed there were orange trees in the temple’s yard bear organs throughout the year.
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Recent Review of Kyichu Lhakhang-
Ajay Gupta, Bengaluru: An ancient temple of 8th Century, a serene place with a lot of history and lively statues. Existence of 4 Orange Trees with lot of ripe oranges in this temple is mesmerizing.
Review source: https://www.tripadvisor.in/members/AjayGupta12039