Golden Buddha


Bylakuppe is the location of “Lugsum Samdupling” (established in 1961) and “Dickyi Larsoe” (established in 1969), two adjacent Tibetan refugee settlements, as well as a number of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. The area is located in the west of the Mysore district in Karnataka. Twin town Kushalanagara is present 6 kilometers from Bylakuppe.

The main attraction of the town is the Namrodoling Monastery (Golden Temple). There are many Buddhist monasteries and schools which give quality education for buddhist monks.

The walls are adorned with colourful paintings depicting gods and demons from Tibetan Buddhist mythology. The altar is decorated with flowers, candles and incense, and small birds nesting amongst the golden statues fly happily around the temple. This place is very calm and majestic sight, surrounded by its landscaped gardens. During festivals, the main courtyard becomes an open stage where masked dancers twirl in colorful costumes to the sound of gongs and massive ceremonial trumpets. Tourists are welcomed to visit the monasteries and temples. Photography is allowed even inside the temple.

The main tourist attraction in Bylakuppe is the stunning Golden Temple. Stepping inside the temple feels like walking into another world, and the noisy streets of South India suddenly seem to be very far away. Three beautiful golden Buddha statues look down at visitors above the altar. The walls are adorned with colourful paintings depicting gods and demons from Tibetan Buddhist mythology. The altar is decorated with flowers, candles and incense, and small birds, nesting amongst the golden statues, fly happily around the temple.Nearby, the Sera Jey Monastery keeps Tibetan Buddhist culture alive in Bylakuppe. There are also several stores around the temple area that sell Tibetan jewellery, handicrafts, incense and souvenirs.

Sera Je Monastery keeps Tibetan Buddhist culture alive in Bylakuppe. It is modeled after the original Sera University in Tibet. Sera belongs to the Yellow-Hat Gelugpa sect of Buddhism and is the local seat of education. More than 5,000 Buddhists studying here to become monks. There are also several stores around the temple area that sell Tibetan jewellery, handicrafts, incense and souvenirs.

CORRECT TIME TO GO

September to May is Losar.

Tibetan New Year is celebrated in February/March

Sagadawa the holy festival is celebrated in May/june

Buddha Jayanthi in June.

Dalai Lama’s birthday on July 6

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Air:

The nearest airport is Bangalore 110 kms.

Rail:

Mysore (50Kms) is the nearest railway station.