Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro, Bhutan
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About Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro
Only 4.7 km away from the centre of the Paro town is the temple of Kyichu Lhakhang – the Sacred Jewel of Bhutan. Inside the complex of this temple lies the oldest shrine that stands in Tibet – the Jowo Temple. The first temple in the Kyichu Lhakhang premises was built by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet in 659 AD. The legend myth says that it was constructed to pin down the left foot of a giant ogress who lay across the lands of Bhutan and Tibet and was restricting the progress of Buddhism all around. The concept of good over evil that presides in the very significance of Kyichu Lhakhang temple’s origin is what brings so many people to its doorstep. One can find local elderlies shuffling around and rotating the prayer wheels all day long, muttering chants or prayers.
Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro is one of the most ornate temples in Bhutan. As one enters the innermost courtyard, on the right to the doorway is a mural of King Gesar of Ling, the famous Tibetan warrior-king who has apparently written the world’s longest poem. The premise houses a 5m high statue of Guru Rinpoche as well, just beside the main temple of Kyichu Lhakhang, consecrated in 1968 by Ashi Kesang Wangchuk, the wife and the then Queen of the third King of Bhutan. It is said that Guru Rinpoche himself visited the temple in the 8th century and hidden treasures inside. There is a chorten for the queen’s Nyingma Buddhism spiritual teacher Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche as well.
Coming to the main Kyichu Lhakhang temple, it houses one of the most precious gems of the country, a 7th century original Tibetan statue of Jowo Jampa or Jowo Shakyamuni. This statue is a contemporary of the original one in Lhasa, and its temple forms a sacred network of 12 Jowo Lhakhang temples that surround the holy temple of Lhasa in Tibet. Outside there are prayer wheels and a statue of Chenrezig with 11 heads and 1000 arms. However, no description of Kyichu Lhakhang can do justice to how magical it looks like in real life.
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At what height is the Kyichu Lhakhang temple? Can it be trekked from Paro?
Kyichu Lhakhang temple is at 2300 m, which can be easily trekked from Paro in one hour approximately.
How old is the Kyichu Lhakhang temple?
The original temple is more than 1300 years old, being built in the 7th century AD. After that there have been additions all throughout history, the recent one being the shrine of Guru Rinpoche in 1968 by the then Queen of Bhutan.
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