Buddhist lineage is closely intertwined in the towns and villages of Himachal Pradesh. From Dharamshala to Joginder Nagar, Rewalsar, Key, Lahaul and Spiti and many more such locations in Himachal Pradesh Buddhism thrives. Several Buddhist monasteries and temples can be visited throughout the state. Thanks to Pema Jugne also known as Guru Rinpoche, an 8th-century Buddhist master.
Being one of the most popular winter tourist destinations in India, Himachal Pradesh attracts tourists from within the country and abroad. Kullu, Manali, Shimla, Kufri, Solan are some of the places travellers frequent upon arrival.
When you are in Manali enjoying the pleasant climate, picturesque places, exciting activities, you might miss Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple. Located adjacent to the heart of the busy street of Manali, you would require prior knowledge or a tour guide to lead you to the Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple.
“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise, you will miss most of your life.” The words of Lord Buddha himself is apt here. Given the location, your chance of missing the temple is high. Visitors in the town usually prefer to walk around from one spot to another. And that is the best way to utilize your time in Manali. Well, now you know that Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple is a spot not to miss in Manali.
About the Himalaya Nyingmala Buddhist Temple
The pagoda styled temple is a tranquil attraction in the otherwise busy Manali street. Built in the 1950s the structure is not in regular Tibetan style construction. Situated in a small park, the temple is painted in bright yellow and red colours outwardly. However, just note that surrounding residential and commercial buildings also have colourful roofs. It is a small structure and doesn’t occupy much space in the area.
The Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple Premises
Tibetan style symbolic stupa or Chorten is seen in the garden next to the temple. Usually, such stupa is eructed to bury the saintly figures of Buddhism. These dome-shaped graves are considered holy places.
The entrance of the temple is made attractive with Buddhist symbolic mural paintings and dragon sculptures. The principal colours in Buddhism such as blue, black, white, red, green, and yellow-painted murals can be seen here.
Like in any Buddhist shrines, you can see prayer wheels at the Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple on the right side. The faithful make a circle around the temple by a specified passage to rotate the prayer wheels.
Following the Tradition, the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” is written in the Newari language of Nepal and Sanskrit. And the auspicious Buddhist symbols are inscribed on the outside of the wheel and where you start the procession around the temple.
Interesting Facts – Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple
On the forefront of the temple top, in golden color you can notice Buddhist deer symbol along with the Dharma wheel. You are supposed to remove your footwear before entering inside the temple. The awe-inspiring statue of Lord Buddha inside the temple is the major attraction. He is in the meditation posture (Dhyanasana) and holding a begging bowl in his left hand.
Hidimba Devi Temple
When you are in Manali, do visit Hidimba Devi Temple which 25 KM away from Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple. Constructed in the 1550s, amid a forest, the four-story structure is certainly a sight to behold.
How to reach Manali
Air – The nearest airport is at Bhuntar at approximately 50 km away. Train – The closest railway stations are Pathankot (290 km) and Chandigarh (315 km). Road – There are several taxies and buses that can you take you to Manali from nearby major towns. And it is recommended to travel by road within Himachal Pradesh just to enjoy the beauty of the places.
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