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Also known as the temple of fertility, the temple in Punakha valley was built in the honor of the Tibetan Buddhist saint Drukpa Kuenley. He was not the stereotypical Buddhist master and his indulgence in alcohol, music and women were widely known. He was known for his unorthodox way of preaching Buddhism and offering blessing through physical intimacy. During his travel across the country, he advocated painting phallus on the wall of the houses to drive away evil and to flourish harmony in the community. Thus he was known as the Divine Madman.

It is a local tradition where childless couples visit the temple to offer prayers. The monk blesses the couple with a wooden phallus which is believed to have the power to help the couple conceive a child. The rising popularity of this tradition has seen many couple tourists visit the place in hopes of conceiving a child.