Goshogpang Lhakhang

The temple as mentioned above was constructed by Terton Pema Lingpa in 1501. Literally, the Goshogpang means a place of vulture’s feather. Just above the place where the temple now stands, there is a small ridge that resembles the flying posture of a vulture.

According to the people of Kurtoed Gewog, Terton Pema Lingpa was once lived in Ney village preaching Buddhism to devotees. The Ney village at that time had not even a small temple for housing religious objects to pray and bow to earn limitless merits. Considering the fact, Pema Lingpa asked for a piece of land to build a lhakhang for them. However, that enraged the people of Ney. They thought that Tertonpa was asking for everything not satisfied with the food and water they were provided. They then attempted to kill for which Pema Lingpa had to flee towards Tangrung village in Kurtoed who ensured him safety and security. And hospitality was no exception. With the passage of time, Pema Lingpa had gained hearts of all Kurtoeps because of his simplicity and precise teachings.

Like Ney village, the people of Tangrung had no lhakhang. In gratitude for the hospitality they have offered to him, he thought a lhakhang would be built at a suitable place for the people of Tangrung village. He then asked for a piece of land which the people thankfully agreed to offer wherever he liked. The next morning, he went out in search of a suitable place to build lhakhang. Upon reaching at a place where the lhakhang now stands, he found a vulture flying towards the ridge that resembled the flying posture of the same bird. Thinking that to be very ominous, he built the lhakhang which became the sacred object for praying and bowing to earn merits for the benefit of all beings.  The statues believed to have constructed by Pema Lingpa himself are still there for the people to get blessings.

On the other hand, according to Dasho Lam Sangag, the people of Ney attempted to kill Pema Lingpa out of greed and jealousy while the latter was discovering treasures from the surrounding areas of Ney village. That would have accounted Pema Lingpa to take seat in Kurtoed.

Kurtoed Gewog used to be the trade route to Tibet until the mid of 20th century. As such, there was once an outbreak of small pox in Kurtoed, brought in by traders from Tibet, which took the lives of people. At that time, a woman was said to have gone to the Lhakhang with a butter lamp who prayed that the disease should be not prevalent in Kurtoed. After that, the statue of Guru Rinpoche, the main relic built by Pema Lingpa, began developing a crack from face losing the glitters of gold coat while the small pox started becoming non-prevalent with the infected getting automatically cured. The crack of the statue had been renovated later with two times of gold coat. The people of Kurtoed still treasure the lhakhang and it is infact the source of blessings for them.