The Main Shrine
The inner shrine of the Namdroling monastery will leave you speachless.The sense of scale , colour and Tibetan temple music will completely overwhelm you. Of the three statues , the statue of lord Buddha is 60 ft tall while the other two statues of Guru padmasambhava and Buddha Amitayus are each 58 feet tall. these are made of copper and plated with gold.
The Namdroling Monastery
This monastery in Bylekuppe showcases the wonderful Tibetan culture.The Government of India has welcomed Tibetan settlers who fled Tibet due to persecution and granted them a vast area in Kushalnagar to continue with their culture and lifestyle . The Namdroling monastery is the centrepiece of the massive settlement .You will get to move around in the monastery and interact with the inmates .
Realx by the Banks of the Kaveri
If time permits , sit by the banks of the Kaveri and you will find how soothing it is.The 2 places you could do it are at the Nisargadhama .Whiole we were there the water level was very low and as such, it did not have the feel of a river in full flow, but still the greenary and the fish nibbling aat your toes was very relaxing and a getaway from the heat.
Dubare Elephant Camp
Dubare Elephant Camp is located near Madikeri in the Kodagu District of Karnataka. It is located on the other side of the river and accessible by a small boat ride.
The Karnataka Forest Department has about 150 Elephants in various camps and Dubare has been historically an important camp.The Elephants for the famous Mysore Dassehra were trained at Dubare elephant camp.
The elephant camp is a project undertaken by forest department and jungle lodges and resorts. This camp has plenty of elephants which are trained under naturalists.
A trained Naturalist is at hand to explain the various aspects of Elephant history, ecology and biology. The visitor can not only observe and learn but also participate in various activities involving Elephants.
Around the monastry
We went around the other smaller monasteries around. One of them we the students were reciting their scriptures accompanied by the gongs. One of the smaller monasteries had five gold plated statues, we couldn't figure out what they were. This place is a must visit. There are no places to eat around. It would be better to carry some light eatables.
Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery
A beautiful Monastery with three large and imposing Golden Buddha statues and in a serene setting beckons you. The temple has 62 feet Buddha statues covered with gold plates is a wonderful sight anytime.
The highlight of this town is the Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery & Golden temple. Lama . The monastery is home to a sangha community of over five thousand lamas (both monks and nuns), a religious college (or shedra) and hospital.
It consists of a number of small camps/agricultural settlements close to each other, and has a number of smaller monasteries, nunneries and temples in all the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions.
The Golden temple at the Buddhist Monastery
This whole area started out (and still is to some degree) as a refugee camp for Tibetan people escaping the events in there homeland. Literally hundreds of monks where walking about, busy or not, doing their own thing.
The Buddhist monastery is quite inspiring .The temples we saw were done very well. We Every one is were free to walk about as they pleased. We found the "blue cushions" situated inside each temple. These are for guests.
In the main building one can see three huge statues, all with gold cladding, with Buddha in the center, Guru Rinpoche on his left and Buddha Amitayus on his right. However we could not go close as the "CHEIF MINISTER OF CHATTISGARH" was present and the area was closed to the public!
After the Chinese took over Tibet, the refugees were settled at Bylakuppe Near Kushalnagar and the Buddhist Monastery was re-established here in 1972. It houses over 250 monks today. The monastery not only attracts large number of young Tibetans seeking enlightenment and education, but also draws huge tourists from all over India and abroad.
forest resort just 2kms from Kushalnagar and 30 kms from Madikeri. A wild life sanctuary of its own kind. One word to explain Nisargadhama “Awesome”. One can find deer, elephants, peacocks and some other usual wild animals if lucky. One can take a ride on the elephant around the resort for a small price.
The area is dotted with cute bamboo shelters where one can rest.There is a small cafetaria and Public toilets which are very clean
forest resort just 2kms from Kushalnagar and 30 kms from Madikeri. A wild life sanctuary of its own kind. One word to explain Nisargadhama “Awesome”. One can find deer, elephants, peacocks and some other usual wild animals if lucky. One can take a ride on the elephant around the resort .There are some cute banmboo shelters where one can have abreif rest if tired.
Namdroling Monastery & The Golden Temple
I spent a few months at Namdroling, the largest monastery of the Nyingma school. Namdroling has 2000 monks and nuns and provides education from early grades to the equivalent of a PhD in buddhist studies (Khenpo).
Namdroling is the home of the increasingly famous Golden Temple, completed in 2000. It is an interesting blend of contemporary and traditional architectural styles.
The main lama at Namdroling is my teacher, Penor Rinpoche, a simple, humble and good-natured fellow who arrived in Bylakuppe in the 1960s with 2 cents in his pocket. The place has gone far since.
The centerpiece is three enormous and beautiful gold-gilded rupas (statues) of Lord Buddha, Buddha Amitayus (the Buddha of Limitless Light), and Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian pandit who took the Vajrayana teachings to Tibet 1200 years ago, before Indian Buddhism was destroyed by invaders.
There is no public guest housing in Namdroling, but it is the closest to Kushalnagar. Once there, you are free to wander anywhere and everywhere.
In addition to the Golden Temple, Namdroling has temples devoted to Vajrakilaya (the wrathful manifestation of Buddha's purity), Tara (the female Buddha of compassion and action), and several others.
Many monks speak English, especially those from Nepal and Bhutan.
100 m or so down the road is the ani gompa (the nunnery). Its temple can be entered by men only by permission. I would prefer if you look at the place from outside the gate on the road. Feel free to chat with the friendly nuns.
Close to the nunnery is a passable Tibetan restaurant with momos but little else. The Tibetan restaurant in Kushalnagar is much better. Don't even think about eating here without all your Hepatitis shots. I never got sick, but we are all different.
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Tibetan Art in Bylekuppe
As you move around the monastery and it's surrounding buildings you are treated with some fine examples of Tibetan art - paintings and sculptures.