Coorg : Tibetan Monastery @ Bylakuppe

I have always dreamed of visiting a tibetan monastery. The ones in Sikkim or Ladakh have been on my wishlist. Dunno why but I have always felt fascinated by the idea of getting a chance to visit one of the monasteries.

I guess, my wish had to come true & I was jumping for joy when I came to know that there was one at Coorg. We planned to visit the monastery the same day we reached Coorg, but one of the staff @ the resort advised us to visit sometime early during the next day. So I was super excited the next morning. The pic below is a witness to my excitement πŸ™‚

That’s me n my husband πŸ™‚ & a giant flower for company

Wow!! I don’t remember what I ate that morning, but I guess I ate it fast πŸ˜‰ Β Our driver was waiting for us and so were we ….waiting for the Monastery πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

We had enough of Green n its time now to see Colors πŸ™‚

As far as I remember, the Monastery was almost 12 kms from Amanvana Resort. After some time, we could tell that we are now almost there. On one side of the road, we could see wind riding streamers or tiny colorful flags on strings. It was very beautiful, sadly couldn’t capture any cuz our cabbie was quite fast.

Our royal entry into VIBRANCE Unlimited πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

We were so excited to visit this place, that we forgot to click a pic @ the entry. The pic above is actually taken during our exit, that is after, over 2 hours from the time we made our entry. Now comes the exciting part!! Hope you enjoy watching just as much as I did πŸ™‚

Finally we arrived @ the Monastery πŸ™‚

The crown on top of this structure, is so beautifully created! I zoomed to see what was there on that crown n could see so many beautiful figures. The passion with which the Monastery has been created can be witnessed in each n every corner of this place.

Combination of beauty n perfection πŸ™‚

The zoom makes it unclear, I know. But the beauty remainsΒ encaptured. The bright colors used through out the campus, and the vibrance one feels, being in this place is enserio impressionante = SERIOUSLY AWESOME πŸ™‚

7 Buddhas (2 are hidden behind the colorful columns) – Prayer Hall

One can see the rows in which monks must be sitting while chanting their prayers. The holy books of chants also are so colorful. Everything here seemed to lift me up πŸ™‚

7 Buddhas

Something that just couldn’t go unnoticed here are the intricate designs on each and every space possible. The beams and the columns are bright red, with intricate designs all over, while there are beautiful paintings on all the walls.

Believe me, each and every wall is painted with so much love and passion!! Can be felt when one looks at them.

The window frames in these structures are again bright red, with bright blue and bright green short curtains. It gives such a powerful vibe to the entire structure. I was amazed πŸ™‚ n now its your turn.

Just check this out!!

The red columns, covered with colorful cloth with intricate prints. They have a different charm altogether πŸ™‚

Can you sense the passion with which the painting has been created?

This picture captures not just the beautifully painted wall from the inside, but also the red window frames & the colorful short curtains. You will find this in each and every structure here.

Another one πŸ™‚ This one is the external side of the wall.

Just click on the pic, and you can also catch a glimpse of one of the beam corners. Its just too much of intricate work , no wonder this structure is magical.

Yet another beautiful structure πŸ™‚ (Or temple if I may call it so)

Just click on the pic and zoom to see the crown of this structure. One can see deer (or something that looks like deer) & Β something written in the tibetan script. Whatever it is, it looks very powerful. The red door also looks so welcoming na πŸ™‚

Everything here is so beautiful!! They have not spared even the door πŸ™‚

So many Buddhas πŸ™‚

Sorry folks, for the poor clarity of this picture. The buddhas are not clearly seen but one can witness the beautiful beams, columns & the painted walls here again.

The structure in the backdrop has inside it, what one waits to see πŸ™‚

My eyes are closed here, but didn’t care, cuz this is the only picture we had, which has the bell and in the backdrop is the temple/ structure which has the 3 shining Buddhas.

Doorway to the 3 Magical Buddhas πŸ™‚

We entered through that doorway, and the minute I saw this (pic below), I fell on my knees. As if a higher force just took over. The sun was shining on these 3 statues which are plated of Gold. The radiance was mindblowing.

Felt so peaceful. Inspite of the loud / bright colors used everywhere, there is a kind of harmony that is achieved which leads to a tranquil atmosphere. Take a look at the bright columns here. They seem to be specially designed to be this way. Also the streamers around the chandeliers. There is something beautiful about them.

Wowww!! My ‘Crazy’ Moment πŸ™‚

I hadn’t really noticed any signs around the Monastery that stopped the visitors to click any pictures or shoot videos.Β Only one signboard that was requesting the visitors to maintain silence, which apparently no one observed (neither the Β signboard nor the expected behavior)

I noticed one old lady, humbly praying, with a beaded string in her hands. I wanted to confirm with her, that I wasn’t breaking any rules by shooting videos or clicking pictures. She said, that the Tibetan Monastery does not restrict any of the visitors. Everyone is welcome n can feel free to take videos.

I felt really grateful πŸ™‚

Me and the old lady πŸ™‚

Okay, I guess I’ve posted all the pictures that I wanted to. Few more like few close ups & few interesting things I observed around.

An awesome Close up πŸ™‚

Look at the backdrop of paintings!!

Dragon Column

Zoom n see πŸ™‚

Don’t zoom!! This one’s super zoomed!!

The abode of the 3 magical buddhas πŸ™‚

Endless faith- Glowing in the form of enumerous lamps

Accommodation for the monks!

Giant Pink Hibiscus πŸ™‚ backdrop – Monks’ accommodation building

A reference to know how much of a giant, the hibiscus were πŸ™‚

Final one – Me and Akshay @ Bylakuppe Monastery, Coorg

Thats it from me friends!! I had a gala time visiting this monastery here @ Bylakuppe, Coorg.Β Hope all of you felt as happy as I did.

Sharing 2 amazing (one of them is looong) youtube videos that reminded me of the awesome feeling I had when I first saw the magical Buddhas.

One of them is a video of the Bylakuppe (Coorg) – Tibetan Monastery – PrayerΒ & another one is a video of Bylakuppe Tibetian Settlement @ Kushalnagar.

Enjoy πŸ™‚

Cheers,

Shraddha

Colorful Coorg – Once again :)

Breaking Dawn

In spite of having the carpet of fire as the backdrop, this one is an eye catcher. Looks like a ‘Float on Fire’Β , doesn’t it?

Passing by the lonely aisle- A beautiful bride

Growing Gleam, Glittering Green πŸ™‚

1 for Joy + 2 (trees) for Sorrow = 3 is Company

Tall, fair & Handsome- Not one but many πŸ™‚

And that’s me, playing with fire πŸ˜‰

And that’s my husband – Akshay, playing it cool πŸ˜‰ @ Abbey Falls

Junglee giants amidst tame waters – BEAUTIFUL πŸ™‚

Tall, Taller n the tallest, with the looooooooong road for Company πŸ™‚

Our Resort – Amanvana! Which kinda means ‘Peace @ a Forest’

Keep tracking, as there’s much more of Coorg (This time -outside the resort :)) coming your way.

I Cant wait to post about my visit @ the Bylakuppe Tibetan Monastery (was almost 12 kms from our resort) so keep following.

Cheers,

Shraddha

Colors of Coorg :)

Finally we arrive!! πŸ™‚

After weeks of planning & awaiting this beautiful stay, the day of 30th June 2012 finally arrived, n we landed at this beautiful cottage- No. 106 Β @ Amanvana Spa 8 island Resort @ Coorg, Karnataka. I fell in love with the resort instantly πŸ™‚

Sneaky Kitten who’s also very camera friendly πŸ™‚

This was the warm welcome, we received as soon as we entered into our cottage. There were 2 kittens playing & only this one was camera friendly πŸ™‚

Carpet of fire, as I called them πŸ™‚

A peach n green umbrella – Not meant for the rains, rather, the rains meant them πŸ™‚

Few shots of the flowers that I oops WE, saw around our cottage. Din’t feel like entering the cottage, thanks to our cameras πŸ™‚

Color, Color- Which one do you want?

These flowers remind me of – ” I wanna eat cherries :)”

Presenting to you, the cherry flowers!! Guys, don’t google it!! Ive coined the term πŸ™‚ LOL. Cuz I actually felt hungry thinking of cherries, when I caught them on camera.

There’s a lot more ofΒ ColorfulΒ Coorg to come but for now, its me saying “Have a beautiful week ahead”

Cheers,

Shraddha