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Chimi Lhakhang - Temple of Divine Madman

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Villages and rice terraces at the start of the hike to the Temple of the Divine Madman
Villages and rice terraces at the start of the hike to the Temple of the Divine Madman
Lobesa - the village where we started our hike
Lobesa - the village where we started our hike
Dragon painted on a house in Lobesa, Bhutan
Dragon painted on a house in Lobesa, Bhutan
One of the cruder phallus paintings - Lobeysa
One of the cruder phallus paintings - Lobeysa
Bhutanese fertility symbol - a giant erect ejaculating penis painted on a house
Bhutanese fertility symbol - a giant erect ejaculating penis painted on a house
Dennis and the Big One
Dennis and the Big One
House in Lobesa painted with traditional symbols
House in Lobesa painted with traditional symbols
A pair of phalluses on either side of the front door
A pair of phalluses on either side of the front door
The erect penis is believed to drive away the evil eye
The erect penis is believed to drive away the evil eye
Traditional Bhutanese house, Lobeysa
Traditional Bhutanese house, Lobeysa
The phallus paintings in Bhutan have their origin at the nearby Chimi Lhakhang, the Temple of the Divine Madman
The phallus paintings in Bhutan have their origin at the nearby Chimi Lhakhang, the Temple of the Divine Madman
Garuda eating a snake (naga), another painting to protect the home
Garuda eating a snake (naga), another painting to protect the home
Monk and traditional house, Lobesa
Monk and traditional house, Lobesa
Traditional houses are built without a single nail
Traditional houses are built without a single nail
Bhutanese phallus painting
Bhutanese phallus painting
In addition to the paintings, wooden phalluses (lingam) are placed around the house
In addition to the paintings, wooden phalluses (lingam) are placed around the house
Buddhist text, Lobesa
Buddhist text, Lobesa
A touristy restaurant at the start of the trek to Chimi Lhangkhang
A touristy restaurant at the start of the trek to Chimi Lhangkhang
Rice in the field
Rice in the field
Dennis in a field of rice
Dennis in a field of rice
In the rice fields near Lobesa
In the rice fields near Lobesa
The next village across the rice fields
The next village across the rice fields
Vine with a yellow flower
Vine with a yellow flower
Dennis likes yellow
Dennis likes yellow
The rice harvest has begun - early October
The rice harvest has begun - early October
Path through the rice fields
Path through the rice fields
Village on the way to the Temple of the Divine Madman
Village on the way to the Temple of the Divine Madman
Bhutan is not self-sufficient in rice production - the balance is imported from India
Bhutan is not self-sufficient in rice production - the balance is imported from India
This region of Bhutan produced two rice crops per year
This region of Bhutan produced two rice crops per year
A stupa with prayer wheels set among the rice fields
A stupa with prayer wheels set among the rice fields
Stupa enroute to Chimi Lhakhang
Stupa enroute to Chimi Lhakhang
Corn growing alongside the rice
Corn growing alongside the rice
Rice planted at two different times on adjacent fields
Rice planted at two different times on adjacent fields
It's a bit cloudy but good for walking
It's a bit cloudy but good for walking
Dennis in Bhutan
Dennis in Bhutan
Starting the short climb up to the Temple of the Divine Madman
Starting the short climb up to the Temple of the Divine Madman
The house could use a whitewash
The house could use a whitewash
Steps carved from a tree trunk leading to the second floor of a house
Steps carved from a tree trunk leading to the second floor of a house
Chimi Lhakhang - the Temple of the Divine Madman
Chimi Lhakhang - the Temple of the Divine Madman
The temple was built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa on a site blessed by Drukpa Kinley, the Divine Madman
The temple was built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa on a site blessed by Drukpa Kinley, the Divine Madman
Large prayer wheel, Chimi Lhakhang
Large prayer wheel, Chimi Lhakhang
The Divine Madman (1455-1529) founded Chimi Lhakhang in 1499
The Divine Madman (1455-1529) founded Chimi Lhakhang in 1499
Dennis at the Temple of the Divine Madman
Dennis at the Temple of the Divine Madman
Women sought out the Divine Madman for a blessing in the form of sex
Women sought out the Divine Madman for a blessing in the form of sex
Window, Chimi Lhakhang
Window, Chimi Lhakhang
Dennis - Chimi Lhakhang
Dennis - Chimi Lhakhang
Me and Dennis at the Temple of the Divine Madman
Me and Dennis at the Temple of the Divine Madman
Dragon shaped spout on the corner of the temple roof
Dragon shaped spout on the corner of the temple roof
Doorway - Chimi Lhakhang
Doorway - Chimi Lhakhang
Prayer Wheel and a painting of Namthosey, the gold king of the north, who holds a mongoose and victory banner
Prayer Wheel and a painting of Namthosey, the gold king of the north, who holds a mongoose and victory banner
The mongoose held in the hand of Namthosey, the Guardian King of the North
The mongoose held in the hand of Namthosey, the Guardian King of the North
Dragon hammed out of metal
Dragon hammed out of metal
Door with a painting of the Khorlo, or Wheel of Life
Door with a painting of the Khorlo, or Wheel of Life
Prayer wheels at the Temple of the Divine Madman
Prayer wheels at the Temple of the Divine Madman
Thunpa Punzhi - the Four Harmonious Friends
Thunpa Punzhi - the Four Harmonious Friends
Respect age, be selfless and help others
Respect age, be selfless and help others
View of the villages and rice fields from the hilltop temple
View of the villages and rice fields from the hilltop temple
Hiking back down through the fields and villages
Hiking back down through the fields and villages
Rice terraces around Lobesa
Rice terraces around Lobesa
Path back to the village of Lobesa
Path back to the village of Lobesa
Path along an irrigation canal
Path along an irrigation canal
Hiking through the rice fields back from Chimi Lhakhang
Hiking through the rice fields back from Chimi Lhakhang
Villagers passing through the fields
Villagers passing through the fields
Looking back, Chimi Lhakhang is on the hillside beyond the village
Looking back, Chimi Lhakhang is on the hillside beyond the village
Even without the temple, the pastoral setting is very pleasant
Even without the temple, the pastoral setting is very pleasant
Stupa in the rice fields around Lobesa
Stupa in the rice fields around Lobesa
Rice Harvest, Bhutan
Rice Harvest, Bhutan
A cow in the freshly harvested field
A cow in the freshly harvested field
Bhutan farming village at harvest time
Bhutan farming village at harvest time
Rice harvest, Bhutan
Rice harvest, Bhutan
Tie your shoe laces!
Tie your shoe laces!
Cornfield, Lobesa
Cornfield, Lobesa
Arriving back at Lobesa with its welcoming restaurant
Arriving back at Lobesa with its welcoming restaurant
Lobesa's tourist restaurant
Lobesa's tourist restaurant
The road to Punakha
The road to Punakha
Terraced rice fields on the higher slopes
Terraced rice fields on the higher slopes
Bhutanese village - Lobesa
Bhutanese village - Lobesa
Restaurant view - Lobesa
Restaurant view - Lobesa
A couple of village dogs, Lobesa
A couple of village dogs, Lobesa
Gay Restaurant Cum Bar - Bhutan
Gay Restaurant Cum Bar - Bhutan
After hiking to the Temple of the Divine Madman, we continue our drive to Punakha
After hiking to the Temple of the Divine Madman, we continue our drive to Punakha
Leaving the rice fields of Lobesa behind driving on the road north to Punakha
Leaving the rice fields of Lobesa behind driving on the road north to Punakha
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