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Lahul and Spiti




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Hindu Books > Temples And Legends of India > Temples And Legends of Himachal Pradesh > Lahul and Spiti

Buddhist Lama at Prayer

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The most important Buddhist monastery in the Lahul sub-division is that of Kardang on the left side of the Bhaga River opposite Keylong. This is a remarkable monastery with a large number of images, paintings, thankas, prayer-wheels etc. The monastery was built in the 12th century and re-built by one Norbu Lama at the beginning of the current century. Norbu Lama, a man of Kardang village toured a lot and acquired a deep knowledge of Buddhist scriptures.On return herenovated the monastery and devoted himself to the spread of Buddhism.

The valuable paintings of various types, weapons, musical instruments, masks, images of Buddha and other divinities, the library of Buddhist scriptures should offer a rich field for research. For the average visitor the following description will be of interest :-

"A narrow path, shaded by willow trees, and then a steep ascent leads to the monastery. The flat roofed, three storeyed houses are massed together, in two blocks, so as to enable flow of under communications in winter. In the vicinity of the monastery is silver coated chorten. In the portico is a tow of prayer cylinders. There are four chapels in the monastery one of, which contains the ashes of Lama Narbhu Rimpoche, who established the monastery. The walls are decorated with colorful paintings without any affinity with Basohli paintings.

A tantric painting depicting two figures, a male and a female engaged in ecstatic union, decorates the wall. Brass images are ranged on shelves on one side of the altar and on the other stands a book-case full of sacred books. Cylindrical prayer wheels, which spin round at a slight touch of the finger, are placed on each side of the altar. In the centre of another chapel is an image of Triloki Nath, with eleven heads and one thousand hands.




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