Decoration on the roof of the Jokhang temple in Lhasa, Tibet
Buddhism became wide spread in Tibet mainly because of Jokhang Temple. The temple, which means ‘House of Buddha ”, House of the Lord” , is the main house of Gelugpa or Yellow branch of Buddhism. It is situated in the Barkhor Square at the centre of Lhasa and covers an area of about 25,100 square kilometers. The Temple that has four floors with gilded roof is a fine example of Tibetan, Nepalese and Chinese architecture styles and is very rich in art works; for e.g. intricate patterns of bells, birds, beasts etc. Jokhang Temple was founded in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo (r.617-49), the first ruler of a unified Tibet, and his two foreign wives who are credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet. The temple was constructed to house a sacred image of the Buddha, the Jowo Rinpoche, which Queen Wengcheng brought with her from China as a dowry. This statue is still enshrined within the temple and is the holiest object in Tibet. Standing four stories tall and covering an area of about 25,000 square meters in the heart of Lhasa, Jokhang Temple combines local Tibetan elements with influences from Nepal, China and India.The exterior of the temple is decorated with deer and wheel motifs, early symbols of Buddhism. Both represent the Buddha's first sermon, in which he "turned the wheel of the Dharma" in a deer park near Varanasi, India
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Angshu (56568) 2012-06-01 4:58
I like this picture...a bit unusual, using the long end of the zoom. The humanoid bird figures on either side of the central spire, the prayer wheel dressed up in cloth cover....the over all golden colour looks good against the clear blue sky
altay1364 (0) 2012-06-01 5:25
Fotografiniz iyi , ozellike isik,ren ve compo cok iyi. hala buda ve ateistler 3 milyar nufusla 2.2 milyarlik hiristiyanlarin ve 1.4 milyar muslumanin onunde, ve tabii ekonomi olarakta hergun yukselisteler. zamaninizi aldim kusura bakmayin,fotograf harika.
Tigerlily (3299) 2012-06-01 6:32
Beautifully captured image, with wonderful colour and detail. Have a nice weekend Grzegorz.
SnapRJW (31627) 2012-06-01 6:44
Hello Gregg - I wish photographs carried sound as well as images, I love to hear the tinkling of the bells that adorn temples. A nicely managed slice of temple architecture, the gold looks so fine against the clean blue sky. Warm regards rosemary
siudzi (34141) 2012-06-01 8:36
Wow! Fantastyczne ujęcie tej interesującej dekoracji. Uzyskałeś niesamowitą ostrość oraz perfekcyjną saturację, dzięki którym efekt jest znakomity. Brawo!
Nicou (130007) 2012-06-01 9:41
Fantastique compo e tiamge quelle décoration sur ce toit quelle dorure et iamge usperbe cpatage et ocmpo fantastique vue avec ces clochettes ce ciel pur et limpide une iamge parfaite.
bravo et amitié
Yassou (466) 2012-06-01 11:24
Une trčs belle composition, qui attire l’śil. Un ciel d'un bleu pur dans lequel se détache ŕ merveille toutes ses belles décorations.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-06-02 3:55
You have a great eye for finding a lovely details. An impression photo with spectacular composition and graphic details. Excellent image and well captured.
Enjoy the day,
adores (40946) 2012-06-04 19:25
You captured a really beautiful and not so familiar detail! Very well framed, with great colours and light!
- Copyright: Grzegorz Oczkowicz (GREGG) (7888)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-09-16
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L USM,, RAW, 67mm Hoya PL Super HMC
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-06-01 4:54