Experience the Main Assembly Hall (Tsug Lhakhang) of Tabo Monastery in this walk through its interior. Located in the high altitudes of Spiti, India's Western Himalayas, what a place! Dark and dramatic, with rays of light coming in through small ceiling windows,shining brilliantly on the main altar. Founded in 996 C.E. by the Western Tibet Guge King Yeshe O'd, the temple and statues are viewed clockwise in a Buddhist kora or circumambulation. With over a thousand years of continuous use as a meditation hall, the overall impression is that of quiet yet teeming spiritual beauty. See more images and descriptions of Tabo and other ancient Himalayan monasteries, mandalas, and Indo-Tibetan Buddhist art here: artistfulbrightindia.wordpress.com/
Most of the art was executed circa 1042 C.E. during the renovation of the interior. The main altar features a gilded Vairocana. Distinctly Indian features include Indo-style trousers, painted red palms, procession carriage structure, and naga/garuda mount at top. There are 32 multi-colored, graceful clay sculptures of Vairocana's associated deities that line the assembly hall walls in Vajradhatu mandala order.
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