Kurjey Lhakhang

Kurjey Lhakhang | Kurjey Monastery | Top Attraction of Bumthang Valley

Kurjey Lhakang also known as the Kurjey Monastery, is located in the Bumthang valley. This huge, dynamic and significant temple complex is named after the body (kur) print (jey) of Guru Rinpoche, which is safeguarded in a cavern inside the most seasoned of the three structures that make up the complex.

Situated by a mountain waterway,Kurjey Lhakhang is a temple complex comprising of three wonderful temple. The most established temple contains the stone which has the engraving of Guru Rinpoche’s body and consequently is viewed as the holiest. Another temple was developed on the site where Guru Rinpoche had meditated. The Queen Mother Ashi Kesang developed the third. A 108 chorten divider likewise encompasses the three sanctuaries. This is the final resting place of the remains of the first three Kings of Bhutan. Also, a large tree behind one of the temple buildings is believed to be a terma that was left there by Padmasambhava.

It is believed that Sindhu raja the ruler of Bumthang at the time was at war with another King and sought help from the local deities but it was to no avail and Sindhu Raja had lost his son in the battle. Enraged, Sindhu raja decided to destroy all structures belonging to the local deities, angered by this Shelging Karpo the local deity stole the sog (life force) of Sindhuraja, and thus Sindhuraja fell ill due to this. At this point one of Sindhuraja’s attendant sought help from Padmasambhava, . Padmasambhava made Shelging Karpo return the sog of Sindhuraja and thus Sindhuraja was healed. Padmasambhava also meditated at the cave and thus left a print of his body on the cave which is why it is called Kurjey since you can see the imprint of Padmasambhava on the cave.

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Best Time to visit Kurjey Lhakhang

The best an ideal time to visit this wonderful valley would be around the long stretches of October, November and December. It is suggested that you shouldn’t visit the valley during the monsoon and winter season, because of dropping temperature. In the event that you visit Bhutan in the start of the spring season, you’ll explore the wonderful blossoms that bloom by the beginning of this season.

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