Importance of Jampa Lhakhang
One of the oldest and most aesthetic temples in the country is the Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang valley. Jambay Lhakhang is located at a distance of 10 minutes from Chamkhar town on the way to Kurjey Lhakhang. It was originally constructed by the Tibetan King Songtan Gompo in 659 CE on a single day, to pin down the demonic ogress, which was obstructing the rise of Buddhism.
It withholds 108 temples known as Thadhul- Yangdhul ) There are two such sacred temples built in Bhutan on the same day, one of which is Jampa Lhakhang, and the second is located in Paro, the Kyichu Lhakhang. Passionate travelers from around the globe prepare their journey towards Jampa Lhakhang to witness Jambay Lhakhang Drup, one of the popular festivals of Bhutan. The captivating feature of the festival is the magnificent fire ceremony named ‘Mewang’ and the religious dance known as ‘Tercham’.
108 temples known as Thadhul- Yangdhul
The fine whitewashed stoned walls of Jampa Lhakhang remark some of the most astonishing illustrations and artifacts of the ancient era like the great wheel of life. The great wheel of life so-called “Dus Kyi Khorlo” was erected inside the temple by the first king of Bhutan, Druk Gyalpo Ugyen Wangchuk. It symbolizes the commemoration of his victory after the legendary battle of Changlimithang in 1885.
Main Relics inside Jambay Lhakhang
The main deity of the monastery is the Maitreya, Buddha of the future, also called Jowo Jampa, hence the monastery derives its name as Jampa Lhakhang. There are also over a hundred mystical statues of the gods of Kalachakra built by the first king in 1887.
Jambay Lhakhang with its magnificent legends and sacred relic has seemingly lured the interest of travelers who thrive to explore and experience the land of the thunder dragon. Accordingly, the best time to visit the Jampa Lhakhang and reveal the astounding stories is throughout the year in any season. Adorned with vibrant prayer flags, crafts, and esthetic essence, the place is even more breathtaking in real life and photography, hence it is a must-visit destination during your Bhutan travel.