Yakgang Sang-Ngag Choeling Lhakhang



The Yakgang Lhakhang was built by Sangdag, the youngest son of Terton Pema Lingpa sometime in the 16th century. The temple is renowned for its special and unique treasures, including a statue of the Buddha that Terton Pema Lingpa found in Mebartsho, a three-sided Phurpa (sacred dagger) that Pema Lingpa found in Ugordra in Tibet, a dakini’s skull from Samye Chimphu Nadrak, and a Naga king’s skull. The temple also exhibits xylograph blocks, musical instruments, weaponry, and armor and masks from ancient times. The Buddhas (past, present, and future) as well as statues of Guru Rinpoche, Chenrizig, Terton Pema Lingpa, and Gyapo Lhashang can be found on the ground floor. When Choekhor Deb, a local king, attempted to open the treasure chest disclosed by Pema Lingpa, three statues were said to have escaped flying to Jakar Dzong, the Dongkala monastery, and to Yakgang Lhakhang.