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15th Century Temple to control famine and diseases

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-06-02

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The picturesque and small Khewang Lhakhang is located just opposite to Tabading across the marshlands in the middle of the Phobjikha valley. It is believed that the location for this temple was prophesied by the famous and divine madman, Drukpa Kuenley when he visited the valley.

A local guide or the koengyer (caretaker) can tell many more stories related to the temple tuilt in the 15th century, Khewang lhakhang is the oldest lhakhang in Phobjikha Valley. It is situated in the east side of Phobjikha Valley.

Khewang Lhakhang Phobjikha Valley

Khewang Lhakhang

Facing west, the temple has a single big room where all the ancient statues are placed on the altar surrounded by wall paintings. In the centre facing the entrance door, there is a large statue of Maitreya Buddha, crudely made, as old as the temple itself. The statue is said to have been sculpted in a hurry by a short lived Tibetan sculptor which explains its poor aesthetics. In front of the temple stands a small structure for burning incense (sangthab).

The temple was built in the 15th century by Trulku Penjor Gyeltshen who was believed to be an incarnation of the great Tibetan Nyingmapa master Kuenkhen Longchen Rabjampa. It is said that the Trulku hired sculptors and labourers from Tibet and built the temple in the Tibetan style. The temple was built to control famine and diseases, to ward off ill wishes but also to help the spirits of people who have sinned in the past to find the path to heaven.


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