Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten in Punakha
Khamsum Yulley Namyel Chorten in Punakha

Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten

Follow the Mo Chhu upstream from Punakha Dzong, and the gleaming apex of the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten will soon appear on the opposite bank, a gold-topped beacon guiding you upstream. Seven kilometers (4 miles) northeast of the dzong, the tiered Chorten stands 30-meters (100 feet) tall, it is three stories covered with painted pageant of characters from the annals of Vajrayana Buddhism – including one protector deity pictured riding a shaggy brown migoi or yeti.

A path leads from the roadside to a bridge across the Mo Chhu, before climbing steeply up to the chorten itself. Visit in the cool of the morning then sit to catch your breath and enjoy fabulous views up and down the lush Mo Chhu Valley. This chörten (stupa) was built in 2004 by HM The Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, in Nyizergang — about a thirty-minute walk uphill from the footbridge in Yepaisa Village. It was built in accordance with the instructions of Lopon Sonam Zangpo, with the intention of bringing peace to the world in general, and clearing obstacles for the country of Bhutan in particular.

Its exterior is in the form of a pagoda-like stupa while the interior consists of four stories containing images of the deities of mandalas of Vajarakilaya.

Bartsham Lama Kunzang Wangdi, popularly known as Lama Nyingkula, a close disciple of Dudjom Rinpoche was in charge of the construction of this chörten.

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