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Monks in front of the Chimi Lhakhang, old temple where is practiced a mix of Buddhism and Bon (Shamanism) religion.

Chimi Lhakhang in Lobesa is the monastery dedicated to Bhutan's maverick saint Lama Drupka Kinley. Known for his unconventional and often outrageous teaching methods, Drupka Kinley is fondly called the Divine Madman.
Stories about his drinking and womanising abound in the kingdom and his shrine draws visitors from across the country.
A drive to Chimi Lhakhang monastery takes about three hours from Thimphu.
Constructed in 1499, Chimi Lhakhang is a square building with a pointed golden roof. It squats on a hillock, about 20 minutes' trek from the nearest road.
Outside, nearly 100 tall prayer flags, mostly white but some coloured, flutter in the strong breeze.
Bhutanese people believe that when the wind passes through these flags, it carries the prayers along with it, to bless every person and object they touch.

Legend has it that Drupka Kinley would hit errant demons over the head with his penis to subdue them and turn them into protective deities. Today, several wooden penises are kept in the monastery. The longest, a brown wooden one with a silver handle, is the most important - it is considered a religious relic and is used for blessing the devout.
It is believed that praying at the monastery can bless a childless woman with children.


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