Jambay Lhakhang Drup is one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan. It is celebrated with a dual purpose. It is a tribute to Guru Padma Sambhava, who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan and also commemorates the establishment of the Jambay Lhakhang temple in the 7th century. Jambay Lhakhang is one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. Legend has it that King Songtsen Gonpo was to subdue a demoness residing in the Himalayas, by building 108 Temples in the region. Two temples were built on the same day in Bhutan. Jambay Lhagang in Bumthang and Kichu Lhagang in Paro.
Not to be missed and seen only at Jambay Lhagang Drup, is the fire ritual named ‘Mewang’ and Naked Dance called ‘Tercham’. At the Mewang, which is held in the evening, a gate like structure covered with leaves is set on fire as monks start conducting the prayers. It is believed that to receive the blessings, one must run through the burning gate , it will wash away all their sins, obstacles and negative energy. The Tercham is conducted only at night by a group of fifteen men, whose faces are wrapped in white cloth and wear nothing else. “When Guru Rinpoche performed the Tercham in the 8th century, all the demons and spirits were awed, the spectators have to genuinely offer their prayers and consider the Tercham performers as Guru Rinpoche himself to get its blessings,”