Nechung Monastery

When you visit Dharamshala in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, there's a hillside community where many Tibetan refugees reside. Here, you'll find the State Oracle or Nechung Monastery. For visitors, explore the history and modern living surrounding this landmark as you discover your spiritual side in India.

Dramatic History

This monastery is a refuge as well as a place of worship. Indeed, the original monastery was destroyed in Tibet during the 1950s. Out of 115 monks, six souls were able to flee to India where they could live and worship freely. In the 1970s, the exiled Tibetan government allocated the land to the monks so that a new monastery could be built. Today, this structure and the surrounding community support many monks and their spiritual quests.

Spiritual Purpose

This structure is more than just a safe space for Buddhists. For example, it houses the State Oracle for this religion. During prayer, a medium can enter a trance where the future might be revealed. Certainly, His Holiness The Dalai Lama is typically the medium for this ritual. Also, other Tibetan leaders might take part in these trance-like scenarios. Overall, this monastery serves as a conduit for spiritual healing, history and learning about Buddhism.

Detailed Architecture

Naturally, the monastery has a Tibetan architectural appearance with colorful accents. Graceful, rooftop curves and detailed siding greet visitors as you look up at the structure on the hillside. Because it's surrounded by a natural landscape, the monastery stands out with gold and blue highlights. As a distinct feature, the monks always attach prayer flags to the exterior. Overall, these colorful accessories accent the exterior as a place of peace and worship.

Glorious Festivals

Although a visit to the Nechung Monastery centers around your spiritual journey, several festivals light up this property each year. In total, three festivals are seasonal highlights, including:

  • Buddha Jayanti
  • Losar or Tibetan New Year
  • Guru Rinpoche's birthday

During these celebrations, dancing and chanting are prevalent. Rituals, meditation and other highlights are also included, depending on the occasion. Also, you'll see many decorations adorning the exterior beside the prayer flags. Because these festivals are popular, booking a trip to the monastery beforehand is preferable. Then, you'll have an easier time reserving your lodging.

Tibetan Teachings

At the monastery, visitors are welcome on several levels. First, you can watch ceremonies, take a guided tour or pray. Secondly, the monastery offers courses about Tibetan ways. For example, dive into a Buddhist philosophy course or learn how to properly meditate. Learning about the culture, language and other facets are also available.

Lastly, a highlight of the monastery is the guesthouse. With a booked reservation, visitors can stay at the monastery overnight. If you're interested in immersing yourself in Tibetan culture, an overnight stay is a bucket-list item.

For a comfortable visit, plan your trip to Nechung Monastery during the spring or fall. You'll avoid the monsoon season during the summer and chilly weather during the winter. Ultimately, exploring this land can help you find another side to your spiritual being.

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