Jambay Lhakhang Festival | Bhutan Red chillis Tours and Travels
24X7 Support    (+975) 02 323439    info@bhutantoursandtreks.com   

Jambay Lhakhang Festival

Home / Jambay-lhakhang-festival

Jambay Lhakhang Festival

Jambay lhakhang is located in Bumthang and is situated on the way to the Kurjie Lhakhang. It’s a ten minutes drive to the temple from the Chamkhar town.

Jambay Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in the kingdom. It was founded by, Songtsen Gampo, a Tibetan King in the 7th century AD.  The king was destined to build 108 temples known as Thadhul- Yangdhul (temples on and across the border) in a day to subdue the demoness that was residing in the Himalayas. The temple is one of the two of the 108 built in Bhutan. A second is located in Paro, the Kichu lhakhang also built on the same day.

Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche visited the site several times and deemed it exceptionally sacred. Chakhar Gyab, the king of the Iron Castle of Bumthang renovated the temple in the 8th century AD.

The first king of Bhutan,  Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck constructed the Dus Kyi Khorlo (Kala Chakra- Wheel of Time) inside the temple, to commemorate his victory over his rivals Phuntsho Dorji of Punakha and Alu Dorji of Thimphu after the battle of Changlimithang in 1885. Later, Ashi Wangmo, the younger sister of the second king of Bhutan, built the Chorten lhakhang.

The main relics include the future Buddha, Jowo Jampa (Maitreya) from whose name the present name of the temple is derived. The lhakhang also houses more than one hundred statues of the gods of Kalachakra built by the first king, in 1887.

One of the most spectacular festivals in the country, called Jambay lhakhang Drup is hosted here. The festival lasts for five days beginning from 18th October to the 22nd (check with your tour operator to confirm these dates). The highlight of the festival is the fire ritual that is held in the evening where crowds gather to witness the ritualistic naked dance.

Featured Trips

Bhutan Grandeur This 5-day custom itinerary is a 5-star tour through the spectacular Kingdom of Bhutan. It has been
specially... READ MORE
Bhutan Extravaganza We combine an exceptional trek with time to explore the cultural heritage of Bhutan. In the company of our local... READ MORE
Bhutan Escapades The crystal clear rivers of Bhutan are one of the kingdom’s best kept open secrets. Fed by the glacial-melt of the Eastern... READ MORE

Contact Us

NPPF, Room # 10 Thimphu, Kingdom of Bhutan
+975 02 323439
+975 17116926/17619540
We are registered with :
We Accept online payments :