Namdroling Monastery

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Overview

The Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery (Thegchog Namdrol Shedrub Dargye Ling) is a prominent learning center of Tibetan Buddhism (Nyingma lineage) worldwide. It is located at Bylakuppe, a place in the Mysore district of Karnataka.

Locals call it the Golden Temple. The forty-foot tall golden Buddha statue is the main attraction of this sacred place, and flowers, candles, and incense sticks beautify the altar. You will gain an otherworldly experience.

Its sangha community comprises over five thousand lamas, including 6000 monks and nuns. The Monastery houses Yeshe Wodsal Sherab Raldri Ling (Junior high school), a religious college(shedra), and a hospital. Around 16000 refugees reside in the second largest Tibetan settlement at Bail Koppa or Bylakuppe.

The hospital takes care of the poor, and school imparts education. This spiritual center is one of the largest teaching centers in Mysore. Tiny Tibetan colony provides an escape from the maddening crowds at metropolis and cities.

Devotees and tourists come in drove for meditative and sacred purposes. Officials administer an annual one-month Namdroling monastery retreat session. This is the ideal time to visit the monastery. Your Coorg packages must include this Tibetan monastery to make the most of your Karnataka trip.

 

Festivities

Namdroling Monastery

The monastery witnesses the celebration of the Tibetan New Year in February/March. Buddha attained enlightenment on 15 June, so June is a sacred month for the monks' practice as Saga Dawa Dhuechen per Tibetan calendar. Dhuechen is the 10th and 15th days of the month, and Saga Dawa is the fourth Tibetan lunar month.

Lama dance or Losar Cham is the main highlight at this time. Monks sit in rows and move around the place. Monks store food in plastic crates and sell it to the public.

Monks walk and bring a drink or snack to sustain sitting there. Eatables include watermelon slices, chips, water, and cold beverages. Act of restraint and act of consumption is the quintessence of this festival.

 

History

Namdroling Monastery

Drubwang Padma Norbu Rinpoche, the 11th throne holder of the Palyul lineage, founded the monastery on July 31, 1963, after his exit from Tibet in 1959. It is regarded as the second seat of the Palyul Monastery.

Indian government granted asylum to Tibetan refugees at Bylakuppe near Kushalnagar after Chinese aggression on Tibet. The temple was renovated in 1972, and Buddhists come here for divine learning and enlightenment.

Bamboo was used to construct the initial structure in the jungle for Tibetan exiles where elephants used to go on a rampage.

His Holiness faced financial hardships to fund the construction. Tibetan people from the fourth camp contributed to His Holiness on their own accord. Rinpoche engaged in menial tasks and pujas at any time in the villages in the searing heat.

 

Architecture

Namdroling Monastery

Apart from spirituality, the architecture of the monastery is worth appreciating. Verdant greenery flanks the entrance of the monastery. A giant portrait of Pema Norbu Rinpoche greets you as soon as you get inside.

The main shrine is home to gold plated structures of Amityas, Padmanasambhava, and Sukhayami. Buddha and Buddha Amityas statues are 60 and 58 feet tall, respectively, in the prayer zone. Blue and golden tinge exhibit the art of Tibetan craftsmen.

You will witness ornate bells and desks past the main structure, and Tibetan paintings enhance the spiritual vibes and grace of this monastery with characters from Tibetan Buddhist mythology. Beautiful murals, ornate outer walls, and elegant temple towers are other highlights.

 

Entry Fee

Free entry

 

Address

Arlikumari, Bylakuppe, Karnataka 571104

 

Best time to visit

The weather remains salubrious between June to March with moderate temperatures up to 20/22 °C, so these are the best months to visit Namdroling Monastery. Tibetan New Year and the birthday of the Dalai Lama are other occasions to visit. Monsoon and winters experience extreme weather.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Monday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Thursday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Friday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Saturday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • By Train : The monastery is around 6 kilometers away from Kushalnagar and 34 kilometersrom Coorg. Krishnarajnagar is the nearest railhead to the monastery. From Krishnarajnagar, you can hire a cab to reach Namdroling.
  • By Road : Board a bus to reach the monastery. Alternatively, you can hire a taxi to Namdroling Monastery. Several buses ply from Bengaluru to the monastery. Kushalnagar is a nondescript town 6 kilometers from Bylakuppe. You can catch a bus to Kushalnagar and then hire a rickshaw for the monastery. You can also reach Bylakuppe via bus from Hassan.

Appreciate the architecture

The exquisite architecture of Namdroling Monastery dates back to 1963. Namdroling Monastery statues exhibit a blue-gold tinge. Tibetan style of paintings decorates the walls of the monastery.
Be part of prayers

Take part in the prayer session at 01:00 pm every day if you are a staunch follower of Tibetan Buddhism.

Try Tibetan Food

The monastery's ground floor is dotted with several food stalls that serve Tibetan style eggs, fried noodles, and tea. If you are observing fast, you can have coconut or grapes at the entrance. Shanti hotel at Paljor Dhargey Ling Guest House offers Indian meals.

Souvenirs

You can buy traditional Tibetan items as keepsakes from shopping centers around the monastery.

Address

Namdroling Monastery Golden Temple, Arlikumari, Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India

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UNAIS
UNAIS
08/24/2020 15:14
Piece full and beautiful place.please visit at least one time in life.so rare feelings. Lot of Buddha monks. So friendly. It's a unforgettable place I visited. No words to say about monastery. You want to feel that excitement.
Ranjini K
Ranjini K
09/04/2020 15:08
The Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery (or Thegchog Namdrol Shedrub Dargye Ling)(བོད་ཡིག ཐེག་མཆོག་རྣམ་གྲོལ་བཤད་སྒྲུབ་དར་རྒྱས་གླིང་།) (Wylie: theg mchog rnam grol bshad sgrub dar rgyas gling) is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. Located in Bylakuppe, part of the Mysuru district of the state of Karnataka, the monastery is home to a sangha community of over five thousand lamas (both monks and nuns), a junior high school named Yeshe Wodsal Sherab Raldri Ling, a religious college (or shedra for both monks and nuns) and hospital.The monastery was established by the 11th throneholder of the Palyul lineage, Drubwang Padma Norbu Rinpoche in 1963, following his 1959 exit from Tibet as the second seat of the Palyul Monastery, one of the six great Nyingmapa Mother monasteries of Tibet prior to annexation. The monastery's full name is Thegchog Namdrol Shedrub Dargyeling, called "Namdrolling or Namdroling" for short. Its initial structure was a temple constructed from bamboo, covering an area of approximately 80 square feet (7.4 m2). Carved from the jungle that the India government generously granted to Tibetan exiles, initial challenges included rampaging elephants and other tropical dangers.On 17 February 1978, the Buddhist College ("Shedra") was constructed and completed. A new temple, the "Padmasambhava Buddhist Vihara" (known by locals as the "Golden Temple") was inaugurated on 24 September 1999. The temple has space for several thousand monks. 27 November 1993, the Ngagyur Nyingma Nunnery mTsho-rGyal bShad-Drub Dargyas-Ling was established. In 2004 Zangdog Palri Temple a temple to the main Nyingma (old school) Buddha, Guru Rinpoche was built and inaugurated on 13 December of that year. As of 2016, the lodging facilities alone for the school include three buildings with over 200 rooms. The population fluctuates as monks attend or complete studies at Namdroling. A recent census had the population in excess of 4,000 monks and 800 nuns.India Palyul Changchub Dargyeling, Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh Palyul Namdroling Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar Tsechu Association, DarjeelingBranches Edit Namdroling Jr. High School (Yeshe Wodsal Sherab Raldri Ling) Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (NNI) Ngagyur Rigzod Editorial Committee (NREC) Rigzod Computer Section (RCS) Palyul Dictionary Editorial Committee Padma Mani Translation Committee (PMTC) Ngagyur Nyingma Research Center (NNRC) Ngagyur Nyingma Nunnery (NNN) Ngagyur Nyingma Nunnery Institute (NNNI) Tshogyal Editorial Committee (TEC) Samtan Odsalling Retreat Center Nunnery Retreat Center (Drub Nyi Gatshal Ling) TT Daycare Medical Center (TTDCMC) PDL Guest House
Rambo
Rambo
08/30/2020 15:45
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Nakul Prakash
Nakul Prakash
01/09/2021 21:15
Such a peaceful place. We couldn't get inside due to covid-19. Anyway next time will sure visit inside the monastery
Gavin Gomes
Gavin Gomes
10/13/2020 07:14
A beautiful and peaceful place to sit and focus on yourself. It is a holy place and must maintain silence. The monks are really nice, they also have small stores selling a lot of stuff like incense sticks, snacks and some Ayurvedic stuff as well.

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FAQs

An accommodation facility is available in Namdroling Monastery itself. Paljor Dhargey Ling Guest House is also an option. Namdroling monastery stay is comfortable with some of the good hotels nearby. (0.28 km) OYO 4262 Home Stay Bota Royal (5.34 km) Eco Habitat (3.85 km) Amanvana Spa Resort, Coorg (4.20 km) Purple Palms Resort & Spa, Coorg (14.31 km) Evolve Back, Coorg
The following restaurants serve good snacks and refreshments near Namdroling Monastery: (0.15 km) Kunphen Cafe (0.20 km) Tibet Kitchen (0.10 km) Meal On The Mile Family Restaurant (3.77 km) Coffee Cup (2.04 km) Atithi
The following attractions are near Namdroling Monastery: (0.04 km) Golden Temple - Namdroling Monastery (9.43 km) Dubare Elephant Camp (3.65 km) Nisargadhama Forest (3.67 km) Nisargadhama Exotic Bird Park (10.38 km) Chiklihole Reservoir
Board a Karnataka State Transport bus or Private bus from Bengaluru to get off at Kushal Nagar. Hire an auto-rickshaw from the bus stand to get to Bylakuppe.
Outside Tibet, Bylakuppe is the second largest Tibetan settlement worldwide. Dharamshala is the largest settlement in Himachal Pradesh. Bylakuppe is around 80 kilometers from Mysore.
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