Jampa monastery, (near) Jakar, Bumthang Dzongkhag, BT

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"Jampa lhakhang [Lhakhang = monastery - tmciolek] is located under Chokhor geog (county) in Bumthang and is situated on the way to the Kurjie Lhakhang. It’s a ten minutes drive to the temple from the town.
One of oldest temples in the kingdom, the Jampa lhakhang was founded by, Songtsen Gampo, a Tibetan King in the 7th century AD. The king was destined to build 108 temples known as Thadhul- Yangdhul (temples on and across the border) in a day to subdue the demoness that was residing in the Himalayas. The temple is one of the two of the 108 built in Bhutan. The other is supposedly the Kichu lhakhang in Paro, believed to have been built on the same day.
Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche [ven.padmasambhava] visited the site several times and deemed it exceptionally sacred. Chakhar Gyab, the king of the Iron Castle of Bumthang renovated the temple in the 8th century AD.
The first king of Bhutan, Ugyen Wangchuck (1907-1926) is also credited to have constructed the Dus Kyi Khorlo (Kala Chakra- Wheel of Time) inside the temple, to commemorate his victory over his rivals Phuntsho Dorji of Punakha and Alu Dorji of Thimphu after the battle of Changlimithang in 1885. In 1892, Jakar Dzongpon Chimi Dorji built the Barche Kuensel lhakhang to eradicate the obstacles of all sentient beings. He also installed the statue of Guru Padmasambhava."

Input by: tmciolek, Sep 19, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 16 Mar 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Jampa monastery, BT.

General location of the Jampa monastery, BT.
Lat 27.57529 Long 90.73367
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2012.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Buthan:Bumthang Dzongkhag

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 27.57529 Long 90.73367 - based on visual identification of the site in satellite imagery, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 19 Sep 2012.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 0633-66c - tmciolek 16 Mar 2013
  • 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 16 Mar 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Architecture, oral tradition

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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18. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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