Where else in the world you will find Phallus symbols on the walls of the houses around the temple.
When we were roaming the streets of Bhutan, many times we came across penis paintings and Phallus Souvenirs. Every time I was curious to know (as it’s not a common thing) but hesitated.
My curiosity was finally fed after we visited this temple. Temple was built in the 15th century after the site was blessed by saint Drukpa Kunley, known as Divine Madman famous for his unconventional teachings. He advocated the use of Phallus symbols to drive away from the evil eye.
It is also believed that a childless couple if pay a visit to the temple and wish for a child, it will be granted by blessing the couple using a wooden phallus that is believed to be brought from Tibet by Divine Madman.
I think these things make it the most famous temple in Bhutan. Surely pay a visit.
There are handicrafts shops as well in the village.
How to reach
The temple is on the outskirts of Punakha (10 km) on Punakha Thimphu Highway. From the main road (Lobesa village), its 30 minutes walk through the paddy fields and village houses. You will get to see rural Bhutan here.
Vehicles also go up to the temple parking area (5 mins walk to temple) if you don't want to walk.
Riverside of Punakha