Lama temple is also called as the Tsuglakhang temple. Tibetan culture dominates
the atmosphere of this temple. It is considered as a great politico-religious
center in the town named Dharamshala. It is an ideal place for religious
rumination and meditation. The holy place is always crowded with lamas who are
chanting on beads or prayer wheels throughout the whole day. The serene temple lies
nearby Dalai Lama’s adobe. He visits here frequently to carry out prayer meets
and preach his religious views. The temple is quite famous for its mesmerizing
setting and has turned into an honored worship spot for the Buddhists. Apart
from this, the calmness, serenity, and tranquility attract people who are in
search of Nirvana and peace.
huge complex has some gigantic statues of Padmasambhava, Avalokiteshvara, and
some other Buddhist monks. A gigantic idol of Lord Buddha sitting on a high platform
is one of the prime attractions of this temple. The temple houses the main
prayer wheel. It is situated at the very center of this temple. The wheel has
golden plates and has slogans of ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’. The devotees usually stroll
around the platform to pay respect to the Lord Buddha and spin the wheel of
prayer to gain the blessing of the Lord. People believe that when they rotate
the wheel their worth is multiplied and they get enormous blessings. There is a
large prayer room attached which lets a huge number of devotees to contemplate
and use some hours in tranquility and peace. Some shops on the premises of this
temple sell books on meditation, peace, religion, and Nirvana. They also sell
knick-knacks and souvenirs. The temple is in the lap of quiet mountains and it
offers one the much-needed seclusion and calmness like no other place.
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Dalai Lama museum is one of the best
attractions of the Tsuglakhang Complex. It has preserved Dalai Lama’s old
pictures and rich Tibetan culture. In 2000, the museum was started off by the
14th Dalai Lama. The museum has an interesting short video clip on
Buddhist culture and its teachings. Except on Mondays, the museum is open to
the visitors from 9 in the morning to 5 in the evening. You would be charged
rupees 5 as the entry fee here.
Activities at Dalai Lama Temple
This museum houses a library filled
with rare and precious books on Buddhism, religion and Tibetan culture. Mainly
for history and book lovers, this library holds a great treasure.
One can break into the center sanctum
to rotate the wheel of prayer and pay reverence to the Lord Buddha. This is
believed to flood the blessings of Lord Buddha on the devotee.
People looking for peace and
tranquility can take up a few hours in the prayer hall to contemplate their
life and actions. This place provides great relief from one’s hectic life
outside. Visitors also meditate here.
One can also talk to the monks to know
more about their culture, sermons of Dalai Lama and meditation.
Dalai Lama’s Preaching at Dalai Lama Temple
Dalai Lama temple is mainly visited to
witness the sermons and preachings of Dalai Lama. He uses the Tibetan language
while teaching so people can bring translators to understand his preachings. Or
else visitors can snoop to his speeches on the radio where the speech can be
auto-translated into several other languages like French, English, Hindi, Chinese,
Korean, Japanese, etc. Because people have to sit on the ground so they are asked
to get a cushion, a tumbler and a hat.
One can get an online list of the
dates of Dalai Lama’s orates because they are decided in advance. But only at
the Tibetan Branch Security Office in McLeod Ganj tickets can be bought. People
are free to register themselves 3 days before. Rs 10 are charged as the service
fee per head for each session. The Teaching hours are also fixed and are
notified to the visitors.
Best Time to Visit Dalai Lama Temple
Though the Tsuglakhang complex can be
visited all through the year, an ideal time to come here is from March to
September. The drizzly snow crystals
covering all around are bills to the eyes and can turn one’s trip memorable.
How to Reach Dalai Lama Temple
buses, and rickshaws are well connected to Dharamshala. One can also rent an
auto or cab from Dharamshala to arrive the temple. As the temple lies near the
McLeod Ganj bus stop, people can also avail buses from Dharamshala.