One of the main attractions of the city of Paro is the magnificent Himalayan Buddhist temple Kyichu-Lakhang. It was built back in the 7th century by order of Emperor Songsten Gampo, and was considered one of those 108 buildings that were supposed to protect the country from a demoness who interfered with the development of Buddhism.
In the XII century, Lhapa Kagyu became the trustee of the temple, he greatly respected traditions and respected all orders. By the end of the XIII century, the main here was Fajo Nyingma, after the death of which the temple was abandoned. But after about 100 years, he was discovered and restored to its previous state.
It is believed that two orange trees growing on its territory bear fruit all year round. The temple building is built in 4 tiers, and its corners are clearly oriented to the cardinal points. In its courtyard there is a special alley with drums for prayers, anyone can go through and crank them up. Each revolution of such a drum is equivalent to several hundred prayers.
Location: Kyichu Lhakhang, Paro, Bhutan
Coordinates: N 27.44111200, east 89.37548200
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Kyichu Lakhang is one of the oldest and most beautiful monastery complexes in Bhutan. According to popular beliefs, the temple was built in 659 by King Songtsen Gampo to crush the left foot of a giant demoness who prevented the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet.
In the cozy courtyard to the right of the entrance, the fresco “King Gesar of Ling” is a popular Tibetan warrior king, an epic poem about his exploits is considered the longest in the world. Also, thanks to the wife of the third king, Kessang Wangchuk, who sponsored the construction of Guru Lakhang in 1968, you can see a five-meter statue of Guru Rinpoche and Kurukulla with a bow and arrow of flowers in their hands. To the right of the statue is a chorten with the ashes of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, a revered Buddhist master and spiritual teacher of the Queen Mother. On the left is his sculpture and several old photographs of members of the royal family. White carved wooden poles decorated with flower pots.
The inner lakhang main hall holds the greatest treasure in the valley - the original 7th-century statue of Jowo Shakyamuni, which was supposedly cast with the famous sculpture in Lhasa. In the upper left niche the remains of King Songtsen Gampo are kept, in the corner near the bed and the throne of Dilgo Khyentse. The main door is covered with magnificent gilding.
Elderly pilgrims constantly rotate prayer wheels placed along the walls of the temple.