Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, Paro

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Jangtsa Dumgtseg Lhakhang '''' is a Buddhist temple in western Bhutan. The temple is notable as it is in the form of a chorten, very rare in Bhutan. It is located on the edge of a hill between the Paro valley and the Dopchari valley, across the bridge from Paro. The Buddhist iconography depicted in the Chorten is considered a unique repository of the Drukpa Kagyu school.
According to a local legend, the Lhakhang was built by the saint Thangtong Gyalpo to subdue a "serpentine force" that was located at the foundation of the chorten. Another legend says that Lhakhang was built on the head of a demoness. According to a Bhutanese source it was built "on the nose of a hill that loos like a frog in order to counteract Sadag (earth-owning spirit) and Lunyen (powerful naga spirit). It is said that the hill, by which the temple is built, is a black vicious snake moving downwards."
The Lhakhang is located across the Paro Chhu River on the opposite bank of the Paro town where it forms a "geomantic promontory" between the Paro Chhu and Do rivers. It is situated on the road to National Museum of Bhutan in Paro.
The monastery was built in 1421 by an eminent Tibetan lama named Thangtong Gyalpo, also known as Chagzampa, who is remembered for his building of some eight iron bridges in Bhutan. His reason for building a temple in chorten form is because it is said to immobilize demons and proclaim the victory of Buddhism.
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  • Jangtsa Dumgtseg Lhakhang [zlum brtshegs lha khang] is a Buddhist temple in western Bhutan. The temple is notable as it is in the form of a chorten, very rare in Bhutan. It is located on the edge of a...  more »
  • This temple has been built to subdue negative forces that lived in the area discovered by Lama Chagzampa Thangtong Gyalpo around 12th century if i am not wrong. After this was built then the place is ...  more »
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  • Just 2 mins walk from the bridge across the river, amidst the beautiful paddy fields this temple offers a simple but beautiful experience of a Buddhist temple. Definitely worth an hours visit!
  • Located In midst of fields, the temple resemblances ancient style of architecture. It was a nice feeling visiting this place, it felt nice. Do remember to rotate prayer bells around it.
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