Nyethang Drolma Lhakhang Temple

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The Nyethang Drolma Lhakhang Temple is a monastery in Nyethang founded most probably by Atisha.

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The Temple is located in Nyethang (approx. twelve miles SW of Lhasa), in the Qüxü County (Chushul district).

Foundation[edit]

According to some sources, the Temple was founded by Atisha, and he spent the last years of his life in this area where he died.[1][2]

According to another source, the Temple was founded in 1055 by Dromtonpa and Kawa Shakya Wangchuk,[3]

History[edit]

Drolma Lhakhang is the name for Tara, a famous female bodhisattva. This Temple was not destroyed by the Chinese Red Gards because, at the time of the Cultural Revolution, the Government of Bengal requested for it to remain, as this site is sacred to Bengali people since Atisa originated from Bengal. A relic from Naropa is in this site. The exterior has long open-porch, symmetrical windows. The interior has several representations and frescoes of bodhisattva Tara. These representations are depicted in natural pigment white, blue, green, and red.

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