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Tibetan Monasteries in Manali, Himachal Pradesh India

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Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India
Tibetan Monasteries
1969
Lord Buddha presides
May to October
 
Tibetan Monasteries have been set up in Manali. The monasteries are rich in preserving the culture of the Tibetan people. The literature and the handicrafts of the people of Tibet are preserved in the Tibetan monasteries in Manali. The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa is situated near the Mall in Manali. The monastery is run by the local people who gather funds through donations. The unique feature of the monastery is the handicrafts of Tibetan artistry and the carpets that are woven and sold in the monastery. The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa in Manali was constructed in the year 1969. The architecture of the monastery represents the Tibetan style of architecture designed with hued frescoes. The statue of the Lord Buddha presides in the monastery. The Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa is situated near the market place in Manali. The architecture of this monastery replicates a more modern style than the earlier one. Placed in the midst of sunflowers, the monastery glows at night with light bulbs lit to lighten it up. The huge gold faced statue of Lord Buddha presides over the monastery. The aromatic fragrance of the Tibetan incense sticks that are lit in the Tibetan Monasteries of Manali lays an enchanting charm on the tourists and lures them to visit the monastery again. The Tibetan monasteries at Manali are one of the chief Manali tourist attraction and features chiefly as an important pilgrim itinerary on a tour of Manali.
 
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Tibetan Monasteries Kullu has the highest population of Tibetan refugees in Himachal Pradesh. Quiet obviously, there are Tibetan monasteries in Manali. The Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa, which stands around the bottom of the Mall, was constructed in the year 1969. The highlight of the monastery are colourful frescoes and a mid size Buddhist statute. Another highlight of the monastery is carpet weaving and Tibetan handicraft. The sale of these handicrafts along with the donations from local people keep this monastery going. Another monastery by the name of Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa is also quiet attractive. Though, slightly smaller than the previous monastery, it is more modern. There is huge statue of gold faced Buddha. The monastery stands pretty close to the bazaar in a beautiful garden of sunflowers. When darkness falls, the entire monastery glitters with electric bulbs. The aroma of Tibetan incense further adds up to the charm of the monastery.
 
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