Tag Rimocen Lhakhang


This temple is built at the foot on a cliff or rock which has numerous marks which looks like tiger stripes, hence the name of the temple ‘the one with drawings like a tiger’.

The temple looks like a large house. A smaller house has been built next to it at the beginning of the 21st century for nuns and meditants.


Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century is said to have meditated in the cave near the present temple.

The 20th Sombrang lama from Ura went to invite Drubthob Melong Dorje (1243-1303) from Tibet, an important master in the transmission of the Man nagde of the Dzogchen. Grubthob Melong Dorje meditated there before going to teach in Ura.

When he visited Bumthang, the religious master Longchen Rabjam predicted in the middle of the 14th century that a temple would be built on this spot.

At the end of the 14th century, the saint Dorje Lingpa erected a small temple and his close disciple Lama Chogden resided there. His daughter became the first wife of Pema Lingpa. Pema Lingpa discovered a “treasure” in form of vase filled with long life water.

The temple was restored in the middle of the 19th century by one of Dorje Lingpa’s descendants, the Trongsa Penlop, Tshokye Dorje from Tang Ogyenchoeling.

Local belief has it that the deity of the rock attacked Guru in the shape of the tiger and that Guru changed it into a rock. It is also believed Guru’s consort died there.

Architectural style / school and related art works

It contains some beautiful paintings, including a remarkable image of the famous yogi Milarepa (12th century).The paintings also depict the Zangdopelri, the paradise of Guru Rinpoche, Guru and his eight manifestations, the Kagyupa master Gampopa as well as the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and the Drupa Kagyu lineage.

The main statue is Guru Rinpoche and his eight manifestations.

A beautiful chorten-gate marks the road which continues to Ogyen Choling and the north of the valley.  

A large rock below the road is said to have a body imprint of Guru Rinpoche and his consort.

Social cultural function

The temple is looked after by a caretaker from the monk-body.

It is an important pilgrimage site for all Bhutanese. Next to the river is a revered burial ground (durtroe).

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