Palyul Monastery, Karnataka

Golden Temple Tibetan Monastery

Replica of Palyul Monastery, Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe, Karnataka :

The Golden Temple and Namdroling Monastery at Bylakuppe in Karnataka, close to Kushalnagar. Coorg district (now officially called Kodagu district).

The Golden Temple, though situated in Kodagu district, comes under Periyapatna taluk of Mysore district. After China’s occupation of Tibet in 1959, Tibetans led by Dalai Lama and his followers fled from their country in 1959 and sought refuge in India. Many of them were settled at Bylakuppe, where the government provided them with land, and a Tibetan settlement camp came up in 1960. Here they constructed a few monasteries and the Namdroling monastery is the biggest where you will find the Golden Temple dedicated to Lord Buddha. Bylakuppe in Karnataka is said to be the second largest Tibetan settlement in India after Dharmashala in Himachal Pradesh, where Dalai Lama, the temporal and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, stays. More than 5,000 monks are said to be studying at Namdroling monastery now, and more than 40,000 displaced Tibetans live in different settlement camps in Karnataka.

The Golden Temple houses three large idols of Guru Padmasambhava (also called Guru Rinpoche or the Second Buddha), Buddha Shakyamuni, and Buddha Amitayus, all of which are made of copper and plated with gold. These statues contain scriptures, relics of great beings, small clay mould stupas, and small statues inside, and leave the onlookers spellbound. On the walls of the Golden Temple, and at other shrines, you will see several beautiful paintings related to Buddha’s life and history.

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