Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang Bhutan

Jambay Lhakhang (temple) is one of oldest temple built in the 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo who was the founder of Tibetan Empire. He is traditionally accredited for introducing Buddhism to Tibet and creating the Tibetan Alphabet. It is believed that this King had built 108 temples in the Himalayas region to pin down a giant ogress. This is one of the two temples built in Bhutan. The other one is in Paro.

Jambay Lhakang
This is the entrance of the main temple.

Jambay Lhakhang 簡培寺
Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche visited the site several times and deemed it a sacred place.

Jambay Lhakhang 簡培寺
Like any other public temples run by the Bhutan government, no photos are allowed inside. But tourists are free to take photos in the open area and courtyard.
Jambay Lhakhang 簡培寺
People go around the temple in clockwise direction and spin the prayer wheels to pray.
Jambay Lhakhang 簡培寺
Most of the Bhutanese don’t mind being photographed but it is always better to ask if you would like a photo like this. These kids came around to give me a hug and let me take photos without asking for anything in return. How gracious!
Jambay Lhakhang 簡培寺
There are several halls and buildings in the temple. There was one with a monk guarding the entrance while a group of monks were prayer inside.
Jambay Lhakhang 簡培寺
I peeked inside, the hall has some colorful drapery like other temples. A group of monks were praying. I asked for a permission and took a snapshot by the door.

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