Buddha Temple in Dehradun- Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

Buddha Temple in Dehradun– Himalaya is a land filled with wonderful Buddhist Monastery in Dehradun. Dehradun is one such town that is filled with wonderful monasteries. One such Sakya Centre Buddhist Monastery Dehradun Uttarakhand. Read through this blog to know about the wondrous Buddhist Monastery in Dehradun and you will find yourself packing your bags by the time you finish reading it!.

Buddha Temple in Dehradun

Before I start, I would like to delve into a little bit of history about this Monastery. The Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of Dehradun is also popularly called the MindRolling monastery. In the Tibetan language, this means- ‘place of perfect emancipation’.

This Monastery adheres to the Nyingma school of thought which is the oldest school of translations. It was founded on the principles found in the first translations of the Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit to Old Tibetan.

According to this school, Padmasambhava is the founder of this tradition. Padmasambhava was the first master of Buddhism to spread the religion in Tibet. He was also popularly known as Guru Rinpoche.

In 1959, the original MindRolling monastery was destroyed by the Chinese Communist invasion. Eventually, a few monks spearheaded by Khochhen Rinpoche decided to re-establish the monastery in 1965.

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tibetan buddhist monastery dehradun
Tibetan Buddhist Monastery Dehradun

My Journey to Dehradun

My journey started in the tranquil town of Dehradun. As I soaked in the soft sun and the rolling breeze, I realized this was the perfect place for the monastery.

The little influence of Buddhism can be seen in Dehradun in small places. From prayer flags to small gongs, you will find such trinkets here.

After relishing the clean Dehradun air I continued to my path. As the roads started getting narrower and the air cleaner, my driver quipped that this is the largest Buddhist monastery in India.

The roads to the monastery are pretty twisted and without a guide, I would have been completely lost. All through the way, there were cute little cafes.

One of the cafes was serving hot momos and I just couldn’t resist myself. After helping myself to some steaming hot momos I made my way to the monastery.

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Mindrolling Monestry, Dehradun
Mindrolling Monestry, Dehradun

The Wonderful Monastery

As I entered Buddha Temple in Dehradun- Mindrolling Monastery Dehradun I was swept away with a sense of calm. The place was completely quiet, save for the occasional hum of the monks and the noise of the monkeys jumping around. Several monks in red robes and complete devotion went past me.

They were devoted to their chores and worked without noise. The entire area was so clean as if the dust also didn’t want to break the beauty of this place.

Buddha Temple in Dehradun-The Mindrolling Monastery Dehradun complex is pretty big and it is easy to get lost here. It houses several shrines, stupas, the living quarters of the monks, and even a college.

The sheer size left me dazed, as it was not easy to maintain such a structure. Yet, these monks content in their lives were doing a brilliant job.

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Sakya Centre Buddhist Monastery, Dehradun
Sakya Centre Buddhist Monastery, Dehradun

Ngedon Gatsal Ling

After roaming around a bit I entered the main monastery which is called Ngedon Gatsal Ling. The moment I entered I was amazed by the art that adorned the monastery. It was lined with colorful pillars, awe-inspiring windows, and elaborate frescos It was as if I was walking inside an art exhibition.

The colors were bright yet radiating a sense of positivity. There was undoubtedly a strong influence of the Japanese style of architecture too.

The ceilings and walls were decorated with stunning murals of dragons, Buddhist figures, and flowers. Along with this, the monastery had the magical quality of instilling peace instantly and that’s exactly what it did to me as well. I felt at peace and a lovely kind of warmth as I admired the beauty around me.

Stupa & Gompa 

The next sight that makes MindRolling Monastery Dehradun a stunning creation is the Stupa. It is believed to be the world’s tallest Stupa and has a range of wonderful artwork on its walls.

The Stupa is erected in the traditional Buddhist style. It symbolizes the descent of Buddha from the Devaloka.

It is said that within the stupa the relics of Buddha Kashyapa, relics from Guru Padmasambhava’s tooth, and other sacred texts are kept.

As I study the Stupa closely I realized that each part of the Stupa symbolizes something. Each part talks about deep thought, sermons, quality, or aspects of Buddha.

The depictions of these things are so lovely that I found myself staring at the Stupa for hours to understand it better.

There are also a series of shrine rooms inside the Stupa. While not all are open to the public, you can read about them on the signboards.

The highlight of the Stupa is the 35 m high Sakyamuni Buddha statue that makes the stupa looks out of the world. The glittering gold statue is visible from afar and is truly iconic.

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Mindrolling Buddhist Monestry, Dehradun
Mindrolling Buddhist Monestry, Dehradun

The Statue

After studying the Stupa in the MindRolling Monastery Dehradun, I decided to visit the wonderfully landscaped garden. There is a huge prater wheel in the center, along with statues of Padmasambhava and Yangchenm.

The Padmasambhava is absolutely a sight to behold. It is so authentic and lifelike. It is marred with intricate and detailed carvings. The red and gold color makes the statue more striking and visible from far away.

This huge statue rests upon a beautiful structure with an ornate door. The door is so beautifully decorated and carved that it is difficult to take your eyes away from it.

Bidding Farewell

After spending some more time at the lush green garden I decided to make my way back. This trip taught me the true beauty of India and the cultures that it has allowed fostering.

The MindRolling Monastery Dehradun is the perfect example of beauty through art that can emerge if cultures and different religions are allowed to grow peacefully.

The Monastery is not only the perfect place to relax and meditate but also a wonder in the art world! If you want to treat yourself to the most amazing Buddhist artworks while feeling a sense of tranquillity, then pack topic bags and head over to the MindRolling Monastery Dehradun.

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Timings

Summer Timings : 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon and 02:00PM – 07:00 PM

Winter Timings : 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon and 1:30 PM – 06:00 PM

Author

Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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