Tara Lhaden Zhingkham Lhakhang Temple
Buddhism is the state religion of Bhutan and shapes the everyday lives of the Bhutanese. In Bhutan, no temple existed which was dedicated solely to the Goddess Tara (female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism). She is known as the “mother of liberation” and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements. Therefore, under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Sangay Choden Wangchuck, a temple dedicated to the Tara was constructed in Thimphu to generate tremendous positive Karma benefiting all sentient beings and bringing unwavering peace and happiness to Bhutan and the world as a whole.
The temple was inaugurated in June 2014. His Majesty the King and the His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo (the previous King of Bhutan) graced the consecration ceremony. The Lhakhang houses twenty-one Tara clay statues sculpted by outstanding Bhutanese artisans. Therefore, it is not only a Buddhist edifice but a masterpiece of religious art.