Lhakhang Karpo

Lhakhang Karpo

  • Towards the southern foothills of the three towering mountains known as Rigsum Gonpo, meaning the “Lords of the Three Families”, refers to the enlightened deity trinity of Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani, stands the mystical Lhakhang Karpo which basically translates to white temple. Lhakhang means temple and Karpo means white.
  • Lhakhang Karpo was established in the 7th century. It is believed that two birds that is a black dove and a white pigeon were released in order to allocate the site for construction of the shrines and when the white pigeon rested on the grounds near the three towering temples that is when the Tibetan King Songtsen Gempo decided to raise the temple which stand firm still date.
  • The architecture also lives up to the name Karpo as it is majorly white in color with an authentic Bhutanese design. Lakhang Karpo houses the monastic body for the Haa region and the festivals that is to be held in the Dzong are usually organized at this Lhakhang and in order to maintain this tradition this Lhakhang has been recently rebuilt into a more beautiful looking master piece.
  • This Lhakhang offers opportunities for pilgrimage and hence visitors have the chance to be a part of this miracle that was directed by a bird as simple as a pigeon. Surely one will find a white pigeon flying around in their minds when they visit this shrine.

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