Jambay Lhakhang

Jambay Lhakhang is one of the oldest and most revered temples in Bhutan, located in the Bumthang valley. The temple is believed to have been built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo to subdue evil spirits that were obstructing the spread of Buddhism in the region.

The temple’s unique architectural style is a testament to its ancient origins, with intricate carvings and murals that depict Buddhist teachings and legends. Jambay Lhakhang is also home to one of Bhutan’s most sacred relics – the Jampa (Maitreya) statue, which is said to have been consecrated by Guru Rinpoche himself.

The temple is a popular pilgrimage site for both locals and tourists, especially during the annual Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival. During the festival, which is held in October or November, locals don elaborate costumes and perform traditional dances and rituals to honor Guru Rinpoche and other Buddhist deities.

Jambay Lhakhang is a living testimony to Bhutan’s rich cultural and religious heritage, and a symbol of the country’s unwavering commitment to preserving its unique traditions. A visit to this ancient temple is a must for anyone interested in exploring Bhutan’s spiritual and cultural landscape.