Lhakhang (Room of God) [Photo gallery]

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Lhakhang (or Lakhang) refers to certain religious buildings found in the Himalaya Mountain region:—In the Sherpa Language “La” means “God” and “Khang” means “house / room”. Lakhang means house/room of God. In Solukhumbu area every Sherpa’s house has a room (Lhakhang) where they pray to God, Lord Buddha. They welcome Lamas and the respected persons, guests to have tea in the room . If some family members are going for trekking or climbing, they are offered “Khada” in this room, wishing them for their successful trip. Actually, a room in which Sherpa performs religious activities or ritual performance is known as Lhakhang.

The word Lhakhang can also be spelled as: Lakhanga [la-khanga], Lakhāṅg [la-khāṅg] or Lakhāṅga (लखाङ्ग) [la-khāṅga]. Alternatively, it is known as Lakhang (Lakhanga/Lhakhanga).

In Bhutan for example there are over two thousand Lhakhangs (temples) and Goenpa (monasteries) found scattered throughout villages and mountain tops/hills.

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