Founded in 7th century AD in the Jakar town of Bumthang Valley is one of the oldest temples of Bhutan called Jambay Lhakhang. Jambay Lhakhang is said to be one of 108 temples known as Thadhul- Yangdhul (temples on and across the border) built by Tibetan King Songtan Gompo in 659 CE on a single day, to pin down an ogress, who was causing obstruction to the spread of Buddhism. There are two such temples built in Bhutan on the same day one of which is Jambay Lhakhang. The second is located in Paro, the Kyichu Lhakhang. Tourists from around the globe travel towards Jambay Lhakhang to witness Jambay Lhakhang Drup, one of the popular festivals in the hill nation of Bhutan. The highlighting feature of the festival being the fire ceremony named ‘Mewang’ and the religious dance known as ‘Tercham’.
Jambay Lhakhang is located at a distance of 10 minutes from the Chamkhar town on the way to Kurjey Lhakhang. There are many astounding legends spun around Jambay Lhakhang. According one of the legends Guru Padmasambava visited the Jambay Lhakhang and was later restored by King Sindhu Raja, the king of the Iron Castle of Bumthang in the 8th century AD, after the former returned his life force. During the 8th century, Sindhu Raja who was the king of Bumthang fell ill, and he invited Guru Rinpoche who brought Buddhism to Bhutan to cure him. Guru Rinpoche found out that the King’s illness was caused by the local deities including the powerful Shelging Karpo. Finding the cause of the illness, Guru chased the deities into a cave, and Guru meditated inside the cave for three months and subdued the all the deities. The white washed stoned walls of Jambay Lhakhang houses some of the most astounding artifacts of the ancient era like the great wheel of life. The first king of Bhutan, Ugyen Wangchuck Gongsa erected a great wheel of life called “Dus Kyi Khorlo” inside the temple which symbolizes the commemoration of his victory over rivals Punakha and Thimphu after the battle of Changlimithang in 1885. The main deity of monastery is the Maitreya Buddha of the future which, also called Jowo Jampa, hence the name of the monastery. There are also over a hundred statues of the gods of Kalachakra built by the first king in 1887. Unraveling the secret behind all the statue and murals adorning the Jambay Lhakhang can be an experience of the life time.
Festooned by vibrant prayer flags, Jambay Lhakhang with its astounding legends and sacred relic has hyped the interest of travelers who thrive to learn more about the mystical land of Bhutan. Be the part of Bhutanese culture by witnessing the popular Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival of Jambay Lhakhang, which is celebrated as a tribute to the honor of Guru Padmasambava and to commemorate the establishment of Jambay Lhakhang in 7th century, while traveling to the scenically blessed valley Bumthang of Bhutan.
The doors of Jambay Lhakhang is open for the tourists throughout the year but to witness the vibrant Jambay Lhakhang Drup the best time to visit Jambay Lhakhang is considered as October to November when the festival is mostly celebrated.