Kyichu Lhakhang or Kyerchu Temple is located short distance north of Paro city. It is one among the oldest and most beautiful temples. The temple is popularly believed to have been inbuilt 659AD by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet, to pin down ‘the left foot of the supine Ogress’, which was thwarting the institution of Buddhism in chain of mountains. Kyichu is said to be one among the most twelve temples of the 108 temples that were designed long across Tibet and borderlands. The temple was adopted by different sects and several necessary Buddhists lecturers hung out here and unearthed hid teachings (terton). The inner hall of the main Jowo Lhakhang shrine conceals the first 7th century Jowo Jamba sculpture. Its central image of Jowo Jamba is flanked by eight standing bodhisattvas and by statue of Zhabdrung and Guru Rinpoche. The outer hall of the Jowo contains statue of Chenrizig with eleven heads and a thousand arms. Attached to Jowo Lhakhang is Guru Lhakhang temple, which was created by Queen Mother Ashi Kesang Wangchuk in 1968 and its principal image is 5m sculpture of Guru Rinpoche . Also here is a chorten, containing ashes of of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, a highly revered Buddhist master, and spiritual teacher of Queen Mother World Health Organization gave up the ghost in 1992 and was cremated near .
Kichu Lhakhang was originally a small structure at the time of its institution. Over the years the temple was visited and blessed by many noted Buddhist saints together with Guru Rinpoche in the eighth century, Lam Kha Nga and Phajo Dugom Zhigpo to list few. Many of them conjointly swollen the temple in size and grandeur over the amount of your time. One such personality was Je Sherub Gyeltshen World Health Organization lived in the eighteenth century. He extended the Jowo Lhakhang and added several new statues. The latest extension was dole out in 1965 under the initiative of the Royal queen dowager Ashi Kezang Choden Wangchuck. She added another new structure to the temple acknowledged as Guru Lhakhang.
As one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, the temple has many relics. The inner hall of the main Jowo Lhakhang conceals the valley’s greatest treasure, an original seventh century sculpture of Jowo Sakyamuni, believed to be cast at the same time as its noted counterpart in Lhasa. Guru Lhakhang temple contains 5m high statues of Guru Rinpoche and Red Kurukulla. Also in here is the chorten containing the ashes of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, a revered teacher who was cremated near in 1992.
- AddressParo , Bhutan
- Category Monastery, Temple
- Location Paro
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