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Taktshang ( means tiger also known as Tiger's Nest, the Tiger's Lair) Goemba ( Monastery ) is on a ledge with a sheer drop of 1200 m below. Taktshang consists of a number of temple buildings of which the "tpelphu" is the main one. It is believed that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhave) travelled to this place in the last of eight forms, "Dorje Drolo" on the back of a flying tigress. After his arrival he meditated in a cave. This actual cave is the most sacred place of Taktshang around which the lhakhangs or temple buildings are arranged


The legend of Taktshang (tiger’s lair) evolves from tantric mythology when, in 747 AD, Guru Rinpoche (Padma Sambhava) chose a cave on this sheer rock face to meditate and, assuming his wrathful form, Guru Dorji Droloe, astride a tigress, subdued the evil spirits that were haunting the region. Taktshang thus became one of the most important monuments to the establishment of Buddhism in Bhutan and one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in the Buddhist world.

Guru Rinpoche’s principle consort, Khandro Yeshey Tshogyal, also meditated in the cave that has come to be known as the Pelphug - or the Drubkhang.
The Pelphug, which is the most sacred sanctum of Taktshang, is the essence of Taktshang’s spirituality and the unique monastery, with 10 main temples and numerous sacred spaces, is built around it.

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