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Tabo Monastery

Tabo Monastery

in Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist Stupas, Buddhist temples, Caves, Himachal Pradesh, History, Lahaul and Spiti district, Nature, North India, Temple, Trekking | 0 comments

Tabo Monastery is located in Tago village of Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India. In the Tibetan Era Fire Ape, this monastery was founded.  This monastery is famous for murals, frescos, statues, stupas, manuscripts and Thankas.  It was reconstructed after the earthquake of 1975.   What to see in Tabo Monastery: Architecture: Tabo Monastery consists of cave Shrines, 4 decorated stupas, and 9 temples. Temples belongs to 15th to 20th centuries, Stupas belongs to 13th to 14th centuries and Paintings of the main temple 10th to 11th centuries. Huge collection of Pramana and manuscripts texts can be seen at this monastery. These belong to 1991 to 1998. Main Temple: Main temple consists of entry hall and assembly hall. Entry hall has pictures of Yeshe O’d and his two sons Devaraja and Nagaraja. They were the founders of this monastery. In the main temple, visitors can see 110 cm height Vairocana.  Painted decorations of sculptures can be seen here. On the walls of the main temple scriptures written on wooden planks can be seen here. More than 50 clay images are located here. Older Temples:  Golden temple is said to be covered with Gold. In 16th century it was renovated by Sengge Namgyal.  Other ancient temple of this monastery is Bodhisattva Maitreya temple. Height of this main statue of this temple is 6meters. Other attraction among the old temples is Trom ton Temple. Murals of eight medicine Buddhas can be seen here. Paintings are the major attraction of interiors of Small Trom- ton. Newer Temple:  Largest newer temple of this complex is Temple of Dromton. This temple is famous for paintings. Other main temple among new temples is Mahakala Vajra Bhairava Temple. There are 5 temples in this monastery. Stupas: Temple complex consists of several stupas. Four stupas are most attractive with interior paintings. These stupas belong to 13th century.   What to see around Tabo Monastery: Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are...

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Rizong Monastery

Rizong Monastery

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Rizong Monastery is located in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Other name is Yuma Changchubling. Lama Tsultim Nima founded this monastery in 1831. This monastery belongs to Yellow Hat Buddhist Monastery.   What to see at Rizong Monastery: This monastery is famous for rules and standards. Other name of this monastery is the Paradise for Meditation. This is the home to nearly 40 monks. Around this monastery several caves were located. People believed that at these caves Padmasambhava meditated here before the construction of this monastery.   From this monastery at a distance of 2kms a nunnery is situated. Name of this nunnery is Jelichun Nunnery. Other name is Chulichan. In this nunnery nearly 20 nuns resides. Lama Tsultim Nima started hermitage before the construction of this monastery. This was started to teach Buddhism to the monks. Vinaya Rules has to be followed by the monks who come here to learn Buddhism.   This monastery consists of 3 chambers. One chamber consists of stupas and other 2 chambers consist of statues of Buddha. Assembly Hall consists of several statues of Shakyamuni Buddha and other Buddhist deities. Along with these statues and stupas, several other shrines can also be seen in this monastery. Other attractions of this place are Thangkas, Murals and Paintings.   What to see around Rizong Monastery: Stok:  This is famous for its Buddhist Monastery. It also acts as gateway for several trekking activities. This is located 14kms away from Leh. Matho Monastery: It is located at the mouth of gorge in the Zanskar Range. Worth seeing in this gompa are art works, stupas, murals, festivals. In 16th century this was constructed. Gurudwara Pathar Sahib:  This was built in 15717AD. It is believed that a Demon was defeated by Guru Nanak at this place. Later he became the disciple of Guru Nanak. Leh Palace: This is the major attraction of this place. In 17th century this was acted as royal residence. Victory on the top of the Namgyal hill is another attraction. This tower was built as a mark of victory over Ballti Kashmir armies. Alchi Gompa: It is one of the largest gompa in Leh which is situated on the banks of river Indus. Best collection...

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Dzongkhul  Monastery

Dzongkhul Monastery

in Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist Stupas, Caves, History, Jammu & Kashmir, Nature, North India, Trekking | 0 comments

Dzongkhul  Monastery is located in Stod Valley, Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir, India.   This monastery belongs to Tibetan Buddhism. It is famous for Yogins. Other name of this monastery is Zongkhul Monastery.   What to see in Dzongkhul Monastery: Tibetan Buddhism culture can be seen here. Trekking is the only way to reach this monastery. This lies between trek route of Padum and Kishtwar. A million years ago this was founded by Naropa. He is a Buddhist Yogi and lecturer of Vikramshila and Nalanda University in Bihar. At this place Naropa meditated for 2 years. Here we can see two caves. Near the lower cave foot print can be seen. It is believed that this was the foot print of Naropa. Ancient age artistic achievement can be seen here. Murals and Frescos can be seen here. One of the murals is quite impressive. Collections of artefacts such as thangkas, texts containing the spiritual songs, a crystal stupa, and ivory image of Samvara are located here. This monster consists of 23 novitiates and 15 monks. Several shrines of can be seen in this monastery. Few shrine images are Mahakala, Mitukpa, Padmasmbhava and Buddha. Zongkhul Huchot festival celebrates grandly every year at this monastery. According to the Tibetan Calendar, this festival celebrates on 16th and 17th day of the fourth month.   What to see around Dzongkhul Monastery: Padum: It was once acted as capital to Zanskar. Padum Valley is the major attraction of this place. Other attractions of this place are Starrimo Monastery and Trekking. Karsha: In this region this is the largest Gompa. In 10th century this was founded by Phagspa Shesrab.  According to the Tibetan Calendar, a festival celebrates on 28th and 29th of 6th month. At that time sacred dance will be performed by the Monks. Other attractions of this place are Chukshik –Jal, Dorje – Dzong nursery. Drang Drung Glacier: This is situated across Suru Valley in Jammu and Kashmir. It is surrounded by two small alpine lakes and snow covered peaks. Pipiting: It is located very near to Zanskar. This place is famous for several ancient temples and stupas. Other attraction near this place is Sani. This monastery has ancient chortens. It is constructed by Emperor...

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Barabar Caves

Barabar Caves

in Bihar, Caves, East India, History, Jehanabad, Nature, Rock Formations | 0 comments

Barabar Caves are oldest Rock cut Caves in India situated in Jehanabad district of Bihar.  These caves belong to Mauryan Period of 3rd century BC. These are located on twin hills of Nagarjuni and Barabar. On the Nagarjun hills 3 caves are located and on Barabar Hills 4 caves are located. What to see in Barabar Caves: Barabar Caves are most attractive. Plenty of sculptures are located inside the caves. These sculptures belong to both Jains and Hindus. It is believed that these sculptures are carving between 273 BC to 232 BC. Ajivika sect monks used these caves.   Vishwa Zopri, karan Chaupar, Sudama, Lomas Rishi are four caves belongs to Barabar Caves. Of all the four caves Lomas Rishi caves are most attractive caves. These are made up of Granite. It looks like Wooden Huts. These are used to live by Buddhist monks. Stupas are placed in Lomas Rishi Caves. When visitors are going towards this caves row of elephants can be seen which are most attractive.   Innner walls of Karan Chaupar Caves are polished with inscriptions. These inscriptions date back to 245BC.  Karan Chaupar Caves are single room caves. Sudama Caves has circular Chambers along with mandapas. These caves have arches look like a bow. Vishwa Zopri Caves are in rectangle shape. These are having two rooms. Of all the 4 caves, Sudama and Lomas are the oldest caves and these are best example for rock cut architecture in the country.   What to see around Barabar Caves: Ruins of Nalanda University: These ruins are located in the Nalanda town. It is the oldest Buddhist University. It is located 64kms away from these caves. Nalanda Archaeological Museum: Four main galleries are included in this museum. Main hall consists of Nagaraj Sculptures, Parshvanath sculpture, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, Bhumisparsh postures etc…This was established in 1971. It is located 64kms away from these caves. BodhGaya: it is the place where Buddha obtained enlightment. It is located 44 Kms away from the caves. Kundalpur: It is located 60kms away from the caves.  This place is famous for Lotus Lake and Jain temple. Sonbhandar Caves: These caves are also known as Swarna Bhandar which means Store of Gold. It is believed that...

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