Jokhang Temple- home of divine Sakyamuni

Temples of Asia | | January 12, 2010 at 5:12 am




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Location:

Jokhang Temple is located in the heart of the old city of the Lhasa. It has the honor being the first Buddhist temple that was been constructed in Tibet. It is also supposed as the most temples among all the temples in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhists go to Lhasa as a pilgrimage throughout the year.

jokhang temple

History:

During the early 7th century, one of the most important Kings of Tibet named Songsten Gampo got married to the princess of Nepal named Tritsun as well as to the princess of China named Wencheng. Both of the princesses brought with them a figure of Sakyamuni in Tibet. Songsten Gampo used to rule the Tubo Kingdom.

During that time there were hardly any buildings and people used to live in tents. There were no palaces. As it was required to worship and enshrine the two priceless statues they princess brought with them, it was decided that a temple would be built. As stated in many tales of the land many floods took place during the construction of the temple. Thus to avoid all the mishap it was decided that the temple was to be made on the lake. Sand was brought by the white goats to fill the lake. To memorialize the immense work of the goats earlier the Jokhang Temple was called Rasa which ‘goats carry the earth’ in Tibetan language. Whenever you visit the temple remember to see the statute of the goat which is placed in the hall. The statute of goat is covered with gold and is worshipped even today as the heavenly goat.

The Ramoche Monastery was been constructed to set apart the full-size statuette of the twelve year-old Sakyamuni. Also the Jokhang Temple was constructed to sanctify the full-scale statuette of the eight year-old Sakyamuni. In 710 AD, another King of Tubo got married to the Chinese Princess Jincheng. She had later interchanged the positions of the two figures. Today you will find that the 12 yr old Sakyamuni is placed in the Jokhang Temple also that the statue of 8 yr old Sakyamuni is kept in the Ramoche Monastery.

Sakyamuni statue

It was believed that there are only three full-scale statuette of Sakyamuni across the entire world. Also it is stated that the statuettes were made according to the features of Sakyamuni at the ages of 8 yrs, 12 yrs and 25 yrs. originally all the 3 figures were sanctified in India. The 8 yr old statue of Sakyamuni which was brought by Princess Tritsun was scratched also it is not in its full veracity today. 25 yrs old statute of Sakyamuni was misplaced. The 12 yr old statue of Sakyamuni is the most beautiful statute among them. It took around 3 yrs for the Princess Wencheng to bringing the statue to Lhasa from Chang’an. You cannot match the statute with any other statute in any way. The city of Lhasa is believed to be holy due to the divine statute.

How to reach:

You can fly down to Lhasa Gonggar Airport and from their hire a taxi or a car to reach the Jokhang temple. You can also you the public transport bus. You need to stop at the Tibetan hospital if you are using the mini-bus service. The tricycle is the best option to travel across the city.

When to visit:

The best time to visit Jokhang temple in Lhasa is from the month of April up to the month October.

Opening timings:

The temple is open for all its pilgrims throughout the year from nine in the morning to the six in the evening.

Entrance fees:

The entrance fees that is to be paid by everyone willing to visit the temple is CNY 70.

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9 Comments

  1. Parker says:

    History lovers this is the article for you!

  2. Julio says:

    Very neat article about the divine place. Very well explained as well.

  3. John says:

    Seems to be a very good place to visit. I don’t know much about these devotional places but I liked the article and its worth to read once.

  4. Grace says:

    Only 3 statuettes in the whole world that also of different ages! this is something out of the world.

  5. Adam says:

    This place is only unique. I loved it when I visited long way back. It seems people here have no worries at all and have given their life to all its holy places.

  6. Gary says:

    All the holy places is to get peace in your life! where your problems need not follow you.

  7. Fox says:

    I always love to explore new places and I regularly visit these sites for something new and I am never Dissapointed

  8. vareeja says:

    The Jokhang owns a large and very important collection of about eight hundred metal sculptures, in addition to thousands of painted scrolls known as thangkas. The statues are hidden away in temples closed to the public and access is almost impossible. During numerous visits to the Jokhang between 1980 and 1996, Ulrich von Schroeder managed to take photographs of about five hundred metal statues of interest. Among them are some extremely rare and important brass and copper statues originating from Kashmir, Northern India, Nepal, Tibet, and China. However, the most important statues of the Jo khang collection are those that date back to the Yar lung dynasty (7th–9th century)

  9. vareeja says:

    The Jokhang owns a large and very important collection of about eight hundred metal sculptures, in addition to thousands of painted scrolls known as thangkas. The statues are hidden away in temples closed to the public and access is almost impossible. Among them are some extremely rare and important brass and copper statues originating from Kashmir, Northern India, Nepal, Tibet, and China. However, the most important statues of the Jo khang collection are those that date back to the Yar lung dynasty (7th–9th century)

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