The Beautiful, Colourful, Tiger's Nest Monastery In Bhutan Is Pictured On This Resin Fridge Magnet
Tigers Nest Monastery is a common name for Taktsang Palphug Monastery, a sacred site and temple complex of the Buddhist religion which is built into the cliffs of the Upper Paro Valley in Bhutan. The building of the first temple, in 1692, was connected with the story of Guru Padmasambhava. He is credited with having introduced Buddhism to Bhutan and is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in Taktsang Senge Samdup cave around which the first temple was built. Padmasambhava is honoured annually with the holding of a festival called Tsechu in the Paro Valley during March or April. The beauty of the temple which exists today is portrayed on this resin fridge magnet, available to buy from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.
The Legends Of Tiger's Nest Monastery
There are several legends surrounding this Taktsang (tiger’s lair). One legend suggests that Padmasambhava flew from Tibet to Bhutan on a tigress from Khenpajong and that, in order to tame the Tiger demon, the place of his arrival in Bhutan was consecrated. Another legend, on a similar theme, is that Yeshe Tsogyal, the wife of an emperor, transformed herself into a tigress to carry Padmasambhava from Tibet to Bhutan. The legend continues to state that Padmasambhava entered Taktsang Senge Samdup cave to meditate and emerged in eight incarnations making the site holy. The place was given the name ‘Tiger’s Nest’ as a result. Further to these legends was the assertion by some authors that Tenzin Rabgye, who built the original temple, was an incarnation of Padmasambhava. The proof of this was said to be, amongst other things, that Tenzin Rabgye was seen inside and outside the cave at the same time, that no-one was hurt during worship although the approach to the cave was extremely hazardous, and that people, in Paro Valley, saw religious symbols and animals in the sky.
The Valley, river and town in this area are also called Paro. This is the area of Bhutan which has the closest cultural ties with Tibet; both trade and invading Tibetans have come from Tibet, over the head of the valley, through the years. This area is home to the only airport in Bhutan, served only by the national airline, Druk Air. The Jigme Dorji National Park is in North Paro and runs across five other districts. At 4316 square kilometres in area it is the second largest national park in Bhutan and offers sanctuary to thirty seven species of mammal, several of which are endangered. These species include the snow leopard, clouded leopard, Bengal tiger and black musk deer. This is a very beautiful part of the country of Bhutan.
Bhutan is a deeply Buddhist country that attempts to combine its traditional lifestyle with adapting to the modern world. It is not a cheap place to visit but it is amazing in its beauty and completely different style of life. Flights into Bhutan are expensive as Druk Air has the monopoly. It is possible to travel into the country over land but foreign nationals (except Indian born nationals) are expected to travel one way (in or out) at least, by air. This is a rule imposed by the Department of Tourism of Bhutan. For visitors who are intending to go trekking whilst there, the autumn (late September to late November) is the best time to visit Bhutan. There is still a possibility of rain, as there is all year, but not nearly as much as during monsoon season, from June to August. One thing is for sure, whenever you visit, Bhutan it is a truly amazing place. One of its most amazing features is Tiger's Nest Monastery as featured on this lovely resin fridge magnet which is available to buy from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.