Holy Places in Paro
Taktshang (Tiger’s nest Monastery): Taktshang clings precariously to a cliff of 3000 ft above the valley floor. Legends tell us that in the eighth century Guru Padmasambhava flew to the cliff on the back of a tigress and meditated in the cliff for three months. Centuries later, in 1684, the 4th Deb Raja, Gyalsey Tenzin Rabgye, […]
Taktshang (Tiger’s nest Monastery): Taktshang clings precariously to a cliff of 3000 ft above the valley floor. Legends tell us that in the eighth century Guru Padmasambhava flew to the cliff on the back of a tigress and meditated in the cliff for three months. Centuries later, in 1684, the 4th Deb Raja, Gyalsey Tenzin Rabgye, considered by many to be the “heart-son” of the Zhabdrung, built a monastery on the site and gave it the name Taktshang, as a reminder of its original in the Padmasambhava legends.
Goensakha Lhakhang : Goensakha lhakhang was built in the 14th century by Pha Drung Drung, the great grandson of Lama Phajo Dugom Zhigpo along with Jangsabi Lhakhang.
Gorina Lhakhang & Kila Goemba : The Gorina Lhakhang and Kila Goemba were built by the Dupthob Paw Dorji, as saint of the 16th century.
The Druk Choeding Lhakhang : The Druk Choeling Lhakhang, where the Zhabdrung faced off his first Tibetan invasion , was founded in 1529 by Ngawang Chogyal, another saint.
Dungtse Lhakhang : The Unusual and circular Dungtse Lhakhang, reminiscent of the shanag, or black hat, worn by Bhutanese Black Hat Dancers, was built by the great Builder of iron chain Bridges Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo in 1433. According to legend, he visited Bhutan in the 14th century at the behest of Ap Chundu and Jowo Drakey, the two guardian deities of Paro and Haa valley. Having lived in Paro for a significant portion of his life, Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo is also credited with extracting iron from woochu village in Paro to build numerous iron suspension bridges in Bhutan and across the Himalayas.
Kyichu Lhakhang : Kyichu Lhakhang, which is only a few kilometres from the Paro town at Bondey, was built by songtsen Gampo in 659 A.D. It is one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan king in a day (According to Legend) throughout the Himalayan region. The temple was later visited and blessed by such spiritual personages as Guru Padmasambhava, Lama Phajo Dugom Zhigpo and Je Sherub Gyeltshen.
Kunzang Chholing Lhakhang : Kunzang Chholing Lhakhang was built in the 15th century by Terton Dorji Jonpa while the Sangchen Choekhor Goemba was a seat of the Zhabdrung Sungtruls or “speech incarnations” of the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The temple that stands on the site today was established in 1763 by the second Sungtrul Sacha Tenzin.
Yutoe Goemba : Yutoe Goemba was established by Terton Jatshon Nyingpo alias Ngachang Huna Membar in the 16th century. The temple was named Yutoe “ Temple on the atop of the turquoise” as it is believed to have been built atop a turquoise projection emerging from a lake beneath the temple.
Ragoedrak Lhakhang : Ragoedrak Lhakhang was founded by Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century A.D. along with Dzongdrakha Goemba.
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