Jambay Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Located in Jakar valley in Bumthang - central Bhutan, the temple was built in the early 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo. He commissioned the creation of 108 temples in successive circles in order to pin down an evil demoness who was seen to be blocking the spread of Buddhism. This temple is one of two such temples in Bhutan, the other being Kichu Lhakhang in Paro valley. The Jambay Lhakhang is dedicated to the future Buddha, Maitreya (Sanskrit) or Jambay (Dzongkha), thus the name Jambay Lhakhang. Many historians assert that Buddhism appeared in the country for the first time with the establishment of this temple. Both historically and culturally, this temple remains one of the most important landmarks of the kingdom. The popular Jambay Lhakhang Drub or the Jambay Lhakhang Festival is also held here.
Jambay Lhakhang Drub or Jambay Lhakhang Festival
Jambay Lhakhang Drub is one of the most unique and interesting festivals of Bhutan. It has become an increasingly more popular tourist attraction due to two unique portions of the program- The Fire Offering and Naked Dance. Both these sacred dances take place at night on the full moon day. People believe that their obstacles will be burnt away by successfully passing through the Fire Offering- in the form of an arch- which is located outdoor. In addition, for those who witness the Naked Dance, additional purification or removal of obstacles will be accomplished. Simply observing the Naked Dance empowers one with the ability to overcome the obstacle of anxiety and fearsome and thus cut through the barrier of ignorance. The dance represents naked wisdom and primordial awareness, both of which naturally abide within the unfettered mind.
- Courtesy: Khenpo Phuntshok Tashi