Ura Mang Gi Lhakhang


The village of Ura, called Ura Makrong, is on the right side of the main road as one travels to Eastern Bhutan. Situated at an elevation of 3,100 m (10,170 ft), the village is made up of large stone houses squeezed up against each other.

Built in 1986 on the site of an old temple which was in bad condition. The two-storey high temple is constructed in traditional Bhutanese style and is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava). It houses three sanctuaries.

The courtyard is paved with flat stones and used for village gatherings as well as for the Yakchoe festival and dances. In 2007 the courtyard is extended and repaved by the villagers themselves.

Architectural style / School and Related artworks

Bhutanese school of painting, architecture and clay sculpture. Stones, clay, natural paintings are the material used

The temple contains remarkable paintings done by local painters in the two main sanctuaries. They illustrate the great religious cycles of the Nyingmapa school of Tantric Buddhism and the main statue is a two-storey high clay representation of Guru Rinpoche.

Social cultural function

Symbol of the religious tradition and commitment of the community.

Provider of blessings and protection for the community.

Used essentially by the villagers for their religious practices either individually or in groups.

Used as a religious training centre for the male religious practitioners of the village.

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