Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan



Tiger's Nest Monastery

Tiger’s Nest (Bhutan) is known by many names like Paro Taktsang, Taktsang Palphug Monastery & Taktshang Goemba. This cliffside glorious monastery situated in the upper Paro Valley is a must visit place for a Spiritual Tourist. Legend has it that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche(one of the holiest figure in Mahayana Buddhism) flew to this site on a tigress’ back to subdue a local demon. Thereafter, he meditated here for 3 years, 3 months and 3 days. This sacred monastery surrounded by a beautiful forest of blue pine and rhododendrons was built in 1692, around the cave where Guru meditated.



Temple Of Tooth

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic or Sri Dalada Maligawa is a Buddhist temple. According to Sri Lankan legends, when the Buddha died in 543 BCE, his body was cremated in a sandalwood pyre at Kushinagar and his left canine tooth was retrieved from the funeral pyre by his disciple, Khema. A belief grew that whoever possessed the tooth relic had a divine right to rule that land. The tooth is kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba (stupa), which contains a series of six dagoba caskets of diminishing size. Rituals are performed thrice a day. On Wednesdays, there is a symbolic bathing of the relic with an herbal preparation made from scented water and fragrant flowers called Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed among those present. Visitors must wear clothes that cover their legs, shoulders and must remove your shoes. While there, do visit the World Buddhism Museum situated just behind the main temple.

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