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 🙂
Wow!! I don’t remember what I ate that morning, but I guess I ate it fast 😉 Our driver was waiting for us and so were we ….waiting for the Monastery 🙂 🙂
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.
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 🙂
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.
The zoom makes it unclear, I know. But the beauty remains encaptured. The bright colors used through out the campus, and the vibrance one feels, being in this place is enserio impressionante = SERIOUSLY AWESOME 🙂
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 🙂
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 🙂 n now its your turn.
The red columns, covered with colorful cloth with intricate prints. They have a different charm altogether 🙂
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.
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.
Just click on the pic and zoom to see the crown of this structure. One can see deer (or something that looks like deer) & something written in the tibetan script. Whatever it is, it looks very powerful. The red door also looks so welcoming na 🙂
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.
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.
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.
I hadn’t really noticed any signs around the Monastery that stopped the visitors to click any pictures or shoot videos. Only one signboard that was requesting the visitors to maintain silence, which apparently no one observed (neither the 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 🙂
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.
Thats it from me friends!! I had a gala time visiting this monastery here @ Bylakuppe, Coorg. 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.