Monastery in Chandragiri, Orissa.

Chandragiri is in Gajapati District of Orissa.This village is famous since long years in connection with the settlement of Tibetan refugees. In last January there inaugurated a Monastery by His Holiness Dalai Lama, as claimed this is the biggest Buddhist temple in south Asia. The temple is built in similar style of Nalanda(Bihar).The name given to the Temple is Padmasambhava Mahavihara. Currently, there are 200 resident monks in the new monastery which has been built at a cost of about Rupees 8 crore.

Actually the temple is worth seeing due to its rich artistic values. Reality mixed in rich colors you find it amazing, you cannot get the real effect of each sculpture on the wall from photos, because the limitation of the2D.

There are five Tibetan camps available in Gajapati district, that are in Chandragiri, Takallipadara, Labrsingh, Jeranga and Mahandragarh. The population of Tibetan Buddhists come around 4500.The first settlers arrived here in the year 1960 after the Tibet China dispute in 1959.

Below are some pictures of mural arts, taken from the Monastery.IMG_0079
















Coloradocasters said...

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mani said...

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A.K.TULI said...

I A.K.TULI, was poted in CHANDRAGIRI, ORRISA, by SWISS TECHNICAL CO-OPERATION,in 1972, for two yrs as Engineer- in -charge of their Tractor workshop.During my stay their Mr gyalstan was posted their as special represntative of H.H.DALAI LAMA.MR N. R . PANIGRAHI was the incharge of agricultral project, who was posted there on deputation by ORISSA GOVT.MR MITRA was officer of orissa govt.