Paro Taktshang | Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Paro Taktshang, Bhutan’s most scenic icon or the most important landmark, Taktshang the Tiger’s nest clings to the side of a steep cliff 300 meters above the Paro valley. The place was first visited by Guru Rimpoche, founder of the tantric form of Buddhism in Himalayan countries, in the 8th century.
It was said that he meditated there for about three months. The original temple was built in the 17th century, but tragically, it was consumed by fire in 1998. Like a phoenix, the temple was rebuilt to its fullest glory in 2003. Takshang is considered to be the 10th-holiest site in the Buddhist world. You can visit three different temples inside the main Takshang complex. Riding Ponies provided upon request.
Paro Taktshang, a temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen taktsang or “tiger lair” caves in which he meditated.
The inside outline of the sanctuary awes with its extravagant magnificence: gold-plated vault and glimmering lights that are enlightening brilliant icons. In the lobby of Thousand Buddhas, which is cut into the stone, a vast statue of a tiger is found.
The tiger is regarded as the image of Paro Taktsang on account of the legend, as indicated by which the area of the Monastery was picked by a tigress. The tigress brought here on her back the originator of Bhutan’s Buddhism master Padmasmabhava.
There are eight collapses the religious community; four of them are relatively simple to get to. The surrender where Padmasmabhava is accepted to have entered to begin with, on the back of the tiger, is known as “Tholu Phuk” buckle and the one where he contemplates is known as the “Pel Phuk”. Ministers of the cloister should live and think in these caverns for a long time. They once in a while visit the adjoining Paro valley.