The First Ever Buddhist Temple in Tibet – Jokhang Temple

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Jokhang temple in Tibet

The Jokhang temple is Tibet’s most sacred shrine, the focal point of pilgrims from the entire Tibetan plateau. situated at the heart of the old town of Lhasa, it was founded by Queen Bhrikuti on a site deemed by Queen Wencheng to be the principal geom-antic power-place in Tibet, identified with the heart of the supine ogress. To facilitate the construction of the Jokhang, in 638 the Othang Lake had been filled in with earth, transported by goats. The original name of the town Rasa (place of the goat) was subsequently altered to Lhasa (place of deity) following the temple’s consecration.

The main gate of the Jokhang temple faces west towards Nepal in recognition of Queen Bhrikuti who bore the expense of the Jokhang’s construction. The original design appears to have had a Newar model, and only later was it said to have been modelled on Vikaramashila monastery in Northwest India.

The Jokhang temple has undergone continuous renovation since its original establishment. The main image in the Jokhang temple is the statue of Buddha at the age of 12 which is brought by the Queen Wencheng ( the Chinese wife of King Songtsan Gampo) as part of her dowry when she came to Tibet.

Jokhang temple is still functional and it was highly respected by Tibetans as a sacred temple and every year it receives hundred thousands of Tibetan pilgrims as well as tourists for different interest.

If you travel to Tibet, then Jokhang temple is one place that you can’t miss.