Dodeydrak Monastery, Thimphu
The name Dodeydra has been derived from the split rock from where the Ter(Hidden Treasure )in form of scripture was discovered.
There are 3 different routes that lead us to to Dodeydrak.
The shortest route starts from Samteling Palace, but only monks residing at Dodeydra is allowed to use this route and it is closed for the outsider.
So this leaves us with two routes, one route starts from Jungzhina and the other one from Dechencholing.
If you love hikes and forest then you can take the route from Junngzhina.
The monastery is hidden inside the mountain and gives you a feel of lost land
The temple was established as per the prophecy of Chief Abbot Yonten Thaye who was then working as a teacher in Phajoding monastery.
The monastery is beautiful built in between the split rock.
There is also a rock nearby from where holy spring water drips. It is believed that abbot Yonten Thaye visited Tibet Tsari-Nye 3 times. On his last visit he wanted to bring something to Bhutan as it was diffult for Bhutanese to go all the way to Tibet. So he has brought the rock from Tsari-Nye which when placed at Dodeydra, holy water started flowing. The rock is supposed to have Usnishavijaya mantra encrypted in the rock and drinking this water. locals believe, has the power to wash away sins and promotes good health and prosperity.
Alongside the temple you will see numerous house which shelters 175 monks studying at Dodeydra.
They also have a small guest house , if someone is interested in meditation or Buddhism, they can stay for one to two night and learn how Buddhism is practiced in Bhutan