Shoton Festival in Drepung Monastery
It's the first day of Shoton Festival. During the festival, there are celebrations in the streets, squares and monasteries in Lhasa. On the first day, the Thangka is scheduled to be unveiled at the Drepung Monastery. So an earlier getting up this morning, then
go to Drepung monastery, and find a good seat to watch the Buddha exhibition ceremony.
After the ceremony, a 10 minutes’ walk downhill to Nechung, it is worth a visit for its historical role as the seat of the Tibetan State Oracle. The oracle was the medium of Dorje Drakden, an aspect of Pehar, tbe Gelugpa protector of the Buddhist state, and the Dalai Lamas would make no important decision without first consulting him. Then after lunch we go inside of the Jokhang.
The Jokhang, like most of the larger temple structures have numerous individual temples within it dedicated to specific enlightened beings, protectors, high lamas, or saints. Images, both sculpted and painted, are everywhere. Every inch of wall and ceiling is brightly painted with images of clouds, beings, mandalas, or decorative patterns. Colorful silk banners, three stories high, hang in various places. Color, pattern, and images crowd in around you. The central image inside the building is a 30-foot high gilded image of Maitreya Buddha.
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