“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”- Jimi Hendrix
This quote by Jimi Hendrix, explains it all and Bhutan has certainly maintained peaceful harmony within it by promoting love over anything else. Bhutan certainly provides soulfulness, mindfulness, extreme bliss, purity and serenity.
Bhutan has a lot of monasteries. While you are out for eastern meadows tours you must visit these extremely peaceful monasteries of Bhutan listed below.
1. Taktsang Monastery, Paro Valley:
Being one of the most well-known monasteries of Bhutan, Taktsang Monastery is a must visit; while you are out for an Eastern meadows tour. Taktsang means tiger’s lair. The locals believe that the tiger is actually Yeshi Tshogyal, companion of Guru Rinpoche.
Features of the monastery: The monastery is a beautiful white building with a well-decorated gold-plated dome. There are a lot of colorful flags, charming gold prayer wheels and not to forget enchanting cave temples that spell bounds every tourist visiting this monastery.
2. Kyichu Lhakhang Monastery, Paro Valley:
This is one of the ancient monasteries in Bhutan. Made by King Songstsen Gampo of Tibet. It was made to fight a giant Ogress who was preventing Buddhism to spread far and wide.
Features of the Monastery: The monastery was built within a night. The environment in and around the monastery is absolutely peaceful and serene. Inside the courtyard, there is a painting of King Gesar who was a famous warrior of Tibet. The main door of the monastery is gold plated and you will find woods that are well decorated with precious stones and turquoise.
3. Rinpung Dzong Monastery, Paro Valley:
The monastery beholds one of Bhutan’s best architectures. Though the monastery survived the earthquake of 1897, but couldn’t save itself from the damage caused by the fire of 1907.
A feature of the monastery: The monastery is made of stones, not clay. So it has got its name Rinpung meaning “heap of jewels”.
4. Cheri Monastery, Thimpu:
It is also known as Cheri Monastery. In the year 1620, it was established by Ngawang Namgyal.
Facts about the monastery: The monastery is famous for its teaching and retreat center to the Southern Drukpa Lineage of Kagyu School of the Tibetan Buddhism.
5. Tango Monastery, Thimpu:
The Founder of this monastery was Phajo Drugom Zhigpo. It was established in the 13th century.
Facts about the monastery: Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal one of the Tibetan Lamas used to meditate in the cave during 1616.
Festivals celebrated: The Yarney festival is celebrated in this monastery. It is famous because it is the monk’s summer retreat time.
6. Memorial Chorten, Thimphu:
It is famously known as Thimphu Chorten. It was established in 1974 in honor of the third Druk Gyalpo.
Facts about the monastery: It is a very famous landmark in the city. It has golden spires as well as bells. These golden spires and bells not only add on to the beauty of the monastery, but also make it one of the prime spot in the town.
Festival celebrated: The Monlam Prayer is one of the biggest festivals celebrated here.
7. Kurjey Lhakhang Monastery, Bumthang:
The meaning of Kurjey is body print. This monastery is named after the body print of Guru Rinpoche. His body print is securely preserved in the oldest of the three temple buildings that make up the monastery.
Facts about the monastery: At the lower temple, there is a small crawl path. This crawl path is considered very pious because the Buddhist believes that all your sins get washed away as you crawl down the path.
To the eyes of delusion, monasteries are always a pleasant and soothing view.
Come to Bhutan! Visit the Monasteries! Take away home your peace of mind.