Yodra Gonpa

Category: Temple Address Lhuentse

Lam Pekar Jamtsho was the first to construct
a small temple at Yodra. The construction
was then effected after he renounced Jangchubling Goenpa to Lam Ngawang Samten

The Lhakhang remained in ruins until 20th
century when Lam Rinzin who was then one of the disciples of Togden Shacha Shri and
an accomplished master came back to Bhutan and resurrected the Gonpa.
According to oral accounts, Lam Rinzin was
directed by his master to resurrect his predecessor’s temple at Yodra from where countless sentient beings would be liberated. Lam
Rinzin was believed to be the reincarnation
of Choejay Pekar Jamtsho. Before Lam Rinzin constructed the present Lhakhang at Yodra, a contemporary Lam Choying Rangdol
who constructed Gonpa Kabab Choeling in
Khoma was said to have seen rainbow at Yodra all the time. Thus he foretold that there
would be an accomplished Lam at Yodra.

Lam Rinzin was one of the descendants of
Dungkar Choejay. According to Nyos rab
yang srol melong (Volume III) by Dasho
Lam Sangag, there were two great grandsons
of Dreykha namely Choida Jamtsho and
Drukdra Namgyel (1735-1762), the reincarnation of Zhabdrung’s son Jampel Dorji.
Two sons were born to the eldest grandson.
The younger son married with the daughter
of Khawchung Lam and settled in Zhamling
from where the descendants were born with
noble character.
Pema was one of the descendants. As Shawa
is far from Lhuentse, he was then ordered
by Lhuentse Dzongpon to settle in Jang area
and empowered him to have ownership
over Ngar area. He was then the astrologer
to Lhuentse Dzongpon. His daughter Tshewang Dolma, who was born in Ngar, married Sangay of Shingkhar Dung and gave
birth to Lam Rinzin, the disciple of Togden
Shacha Shri who was an accomplished Buddhist master of the time. After his studies
and mastery over Buddhism under the guidance of Togden Shacha Shri in Tibet, Lam
Rinzin returned to Bhutan and established
his seat at Yodra.

Source: Lhuntse dzongkhag

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