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Paro, Taktsang Goemba (Tiger's Nest)

Paro, Taktsang Goemba (Tiger's Nest)


Paro Taktsang is the popular name of Taktsang Palphug Monastery (also known as Tiger's Nest), a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley, in Bhutan.


A temple complex was first built in 1692 at a cave where Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) meditated in the 8th century A.D.

Legend states that Guru Rinpoche flew to the site atop the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave for three years, three months, three days and three hours in order to subdue evil demons residing within it. The cave has been considered a sacred site ever since and many famous saints have travelled to meditate in it.


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.




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Taken on October 10, 2013