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Temple of the Enlightened Gods

gTsug Lha-khang

The Temple of the Enlightened Gods or gTsug Lha-khang is also known as Assembly Hall or Du-Khang and forms the core of the temple complex of Tabo-Chos-Khor, 46 km east of Kaza, in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh. Tabo was constructed in 996 AD.

This temple has a lobby, an assembly hall, and a sanctum. Vairocana is the central figure, who, in Vajrayana Buddhism, is regarded as the one of the five spiritual sons of the Adibuddha, the primordial Buddha who created himself. He is portrayed as turning the wheel of law. On the wall there are thirty-three life-size images, commonly known as the Vajradhatu Mandala, as well as other deities of the pantheon. These walls are decorated with paintings which depict the life of Buddha.

Updated on 9th December, 2005
District: Lahaul and Spiti
Location: Spiti Valley    


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