31 March 2013

Bylakuppa Golden Temple

Going on with our weekend getaway to Madikeri(from Hassan). Started with Hemavathi Reservoir at Gorur, then Ramanathapura and Konanur, our next destination was Bylakuppa which is around 36kms from Konanur.
Bylakuppa is the Tibetan Refugee resettlement, location of “Lugsum amdupling”(established in 1961) and “Dickyi Larsoe”(established in 1969). After Chinese took over Tibet, the refugees were settled here and Buddhist Monastery was established in 1972. This Tibetan settlement is the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet, after Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. The Golden Temple here houses thousands of Tibetans and a center  for Tibetan Buddhism in South India.

Golden Temple
  
Golden Temple

Golden Temple

Golden Temple

Golden Temple
40feet golden status of Padmasambhava, Buddha and Amitayus.
Golden Temple

Golden Temple

Golden Temple
Prayer Wheel
Golden Temple

There are also several stores around the temple area that sell Tibetan jewellery , handicrafts, incense and souvenirs. From here we headed to Nisargadhama and ended our trip with Raja seat in Madikeri.

Info:
  • Location: Bylakuppa is 6kms from Kushalnagar, around 50kms from Mysore and 250kms from Bangalore
  • How to reach
    • By Train: Nearest railway station is Mysore, which is well connected to major railway stations of India.
    • By Bus: There are regular KSRTC buses that connect Kushalnagar with Madikeri (Coorg) and Mysore. From Kushalnagar you can reach Bylakuppa by auto rickshaw.
    • By Air: Nearest airport is Mysore, but Bangalore International Airport has better domestic and international connectivity.
  • Accommodation: There are accommodation options in Bylakuppa outside Monastery.

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