Kyichu Lhakhang | Things to see in Paro, Bhutan

Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the most beautiful and the oldest temple in Bhutan. The temple was initially smaller in size but it expanded over the years. In the 8th century, Guru Rinpoche was believed to have visited the Kyichu Lhakhang and hidden a variety of treasures in the temple as well as other parts of the region which were later to be discovered on auspicious and certain times by Tertons (Treasure revealer ).

The treasures consist of relics and Buddhist teachings which would benefit all sentient beings.

Kyichu Lhakhang is also one of the 108 monasteries established by King Songstsen Gampo, 12 of the 108 monasteries were built to subdue a demoness and flourish Buddhism.

The temple underwent many renovations in the 1830s, and in 1968, The royal queen mother of Bhutan, Azhi Kesang Choden Wangchuck ordered its further expansion and the temple houses the statue of Guru Padmasambhava and Kurukulla, a peaceful to semi- wrathful female deity. The temple also contains the painting of King Kesar of Ling, who was a great Tibetan warrior.

Kichu Lhakhang in Paro

The main temple consists of Jowo Lhakhang with a statue of Jowo Jamba and nearby statue of Chenrezig, a deity embodying compassion of all Buddhas and it is believed that he listens to prayers of all sentient beings in time of difficulties.

The temple is surrounded by prayer wheels which is circumambulated by the monks and locals and a sacred orange tree that bear fruits throughout the year.

Timing for KyIchu Lhakhang

Travelers can visit Kyichu Lhakhang anytime from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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