Jambay Lhakhang Drup

Jambay Lhakhang - Bumthang

START DATE: October 31, 2020

END DATE: November 3, 2020

LOCATION: Jambay Lhakhang - Bumthang


It is one of the 108 temples built by the King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet in one day in about the 7th century. Jambay Lhakhang Drup is one of the most interesting events. During this festival, the chams/dances include Terchham( the Naked Dance) formerly initiated by Terton Dorje Lingpa, Mewang, Macham, Ging Tsholing, Dramtse Ngacham, Zhana Cham etc, which are performed by the local villagers of Norgang, Changwa and Nangsiphel. It’s a 4-day program.

This four-day festival is held in the premises of 7th-century Jambay Lhakhang temple in Jakar is to commemorate an establishment of Jambay Lhakhang temple in the 7th century and also to honour Guru Rinpoche. In addition to the traditional mask dances performed elsewhere, there are few dances unique here.

The annual Jambay Lhakhang Drup Tsechu is well known for the sacred naked dance known as Ter Cham and Mewang or the fire blessing. The sacred naked dance is performed at mid night inside the courtyard of the temple and is usually not permitted for tourists. A fire dance is held in the evening to bless infertile women so that they may bear children. The festival dances were composed mostly by Terton Pema Lingpa, the great treasure discoverer of the 15th century, who lived in the valley.