CHIMI LHAKHANG, THE FERTILITY TEMPLE – IN LOBESA, PUNAKHA

If you come across a native in Europe or the United States with the name Chimi, there is every chance that he or she maybe related to the Chimi Lhakhang (Temple) in Bhutan.

The Chimi Lhakhang is a Fertility Temple in Lobesa in western Bhutanese district of Punakha. There are amazing stories of childless couples from all over the world having seen their prayers answered after a visit to this temple.

The Chimi Lhakhang is courtesy to the 15th century maverick monk, Drukpa Kunley, who is legendary for using sex as sexual transgressions to teach and spread the teachings of the Buddha. He is also known as the ‘Divine Madman. He is credited for establishing the Phallus tradition in Bhutan.

History says that the Chimi Lhakhang was build by Lama Ngawang Chegyal in 1499 at the site where Drukpa Kunley had built a chorten after subduing an evil spirit.