A journey to Phobjikha leading to inward journey
Kids are on summer breaks and my hubby and I had three days off from work thanks to the Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche- truly blessing! So I took the opportunity to take off to Phobjikha- a place I have always wanted to go but could never make it somehow or the other.
I got awe struck the moment we reached the road leading to the valley of Phobjikha. Beautiful scenery, fresh air combined with the serene and calm atmosphere took my breath away. Here is a picture of the beautiful valley from the road point.
as we entered the valley it was even more beautiful. I said to myself ‘it is truly a place for the black necked cranes to live in during the winter. I could not help taking photos after photos of the beautiful valley. And as we sat down on the ground to eat our packed lunch of potato curry, rice and tea, I felt like staying there forever. We sat there for a very very long time enjoying the freshness of the valley and the views and feeling a deep sense of peacefulness within.I was so very happy. I guess I have never been happier than this in my entire life. Being in a beautiful valley with your family and reconnecting with them as well as the nature brought so much of satisfaction to me. All we could see in the entire vastness of the land was few cows and horses grazing on the ground. Though we wanted to stay for some more time, with so much of unwillingness we had to pack our things and start our journey back. However, on the way we visited Ganteng Lhakhang where there was rituals being performed led by venerable Ganteng Tulku on the occasion of the Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche.
We offered our prayers, butter lamps, sandal woods and even donated some money for the well being of the monks residing there. Another merit added to our emotional bank and a joy added to us. I felt blessed and honoured to see his holiness in person and get blessings from him.
Here is the picture of famous Ganteng Lhakhang. This photo is taken from the back side. Ganteng Goenpa is a famous 17th century Nyinmapa Lhakhang of terton Pema Lingpa. This is the front view of the Gantey Goenpa.
The monastry was renovated by his holiness Kuenzang Pema Namgyal-the ninth Ganteng Tulku along with the help from the community of Phobjikha. Gangteng Goenpa is a traditional seats of the Gangten Tulkus.