The Golden Temple


Recently His holiness Rev. Dalai Lama was in the news. China was objecting to his visit to the North Eastern states of our country.

If I make a statement that we Indians have a great attachment to Tibet, Tibetans, their temples of worship, the Tibetan monks, sweaters they sell by the roadside or in makeshift markets during the winters in several cities, and all other things related to them, I’m very sure hardly any of my readers will pounce on me accusing me of gross overstatement.

Tibetan Buddhist temples or monasteries provide the eyes of the viewer with a refreshing architectural change from the usual architecture of our Hindu temples and churches and mosques. Their layout, architectural structure, their facades, their decoration, their colour schemes and even the hues are entirely different from what we get to see.

The pity of things is that we, living in the plains, we  get very few, if at all any, opportunities to visit Tibetan monasteries. Our chances are improved if we go to the Himalayas, though.  Hence what are a place of worship for the Buddhists and a place to stay for Buddhist monks become tourist attractions for the rest of us.

And so, when we were planning our trip to Bangalore, Mysore and Coorg, and discovered about this monastery, it found an important place in our ‘to go, to see’ places and all of us eagerly looked forward to visiting the monastery.

This monastery is called the PRCF Golden Temple and is built in Bylakuppe near Mysore. From a tourist point of view the good news was that photography is allowed in the temple premises! The photographer in me was happy, very happy.

Most of the photographs I have seen of Buddhist monasteries and Buddhist monks are dark, low-key ones and are highly suggestive of secrecy, conspiracy, intrigue and exclusivity – at least to me. They put a kind of fear in my mind.  May be that’s what the atmosphere is like in the monasteries up in the Himalayas, or that’s how the photographers visualized the image.  But my concept was different and I liked the clear skies, our regular (ample) sunlight shooting in which naturally brought in the happiness and liveliness that to me the Buddhist religion is all about.

The temple did not disappoint.  It was a sheer pleasure capturing the buildings, designs, idols, visitors, and the monks. But most of all the happiest shooting was that of the riot of colours that this place of worship is.

In today’s post I am taking you on a walk-through of the Golden Temple premises and the cheerful ambiance there.

So, here we go!










The main hall in which the following idols are placed, was unfortunately closed for public entry on the day of our visit. It seems they had a public function the day before and the hall was being cleaned. 














In the next post we will look at another equally interesting aspect of the Golden Temple. Stick with me. It pays to stick with me!

So, till we meet (soon, as always) again,



  1. Alok Malhotra

    Wonderful architecture Sir. Full of precision, color and reverence. Monastery word comes from Greek word Monos, which means to live alone. But I am sure you would have experienced lot of vibrance in the sanctum sanctorum that you would hardly feel the loneliness. There may not be many people around but the vibrations give you company and don’t let you feel lonely.


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      Thanks, sir. As you said, there was no ‘aloneness’ or loneliness. There were a good number of visitors and there also was a lot of activity of the monks. On the whole the place was full of joy and activity.

  2. Girish

    Beautiful!! The photos with narration are delightful

  3. NK Padhi

    First things first ! I did not know that there was a monastery in Karnataka. Secondly, the photos are clear and crisp. The monasteries always look so colourful ! I don’t know how often do they paints the walls, doors and windows.


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      Nor did I. Couldn’t imagine one so deep in south. Only half believed it till I saw with my own charma chakshoos. Thanks for the compliments.Also hope you have seen the other posts too.


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