Taktsang Monastery in Paro, Bhutan
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About Taktsang Monastery in Paro
Situated in western Bhutan, Paro Taktsang is perhaps the most significant Buddhist site in the country. The elaborate complex of this monastery, with red and golden peaks perches along a hanging cliff-side in the upper Paro valley, surrounded by the lushest of greens. Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, is believed to be the sacred ground where Guru Rinpoche commenced his first meditation in Bhutan. Inside the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave, Guru Rinpoche or Guru Padmasambhava meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours back in the 8th century, says the legend related to Paro Taktsang history. It is around this cave that the entire monastery was later built up in 1692 AD.
It is mostly for this myth that Taktsang Palphug Monastery is so well-known all over the country. Its other name is derived from the legend, which says that Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress, who was also his disciple in human form, to defeat a demon in this place. Not only is this so popular because of the spiritual significance, but also because of the natural beauty of the place.
The surroundings of Taktsang Paro offer a great opportunity for the adventure lovers to trek through some brilliant landscapes. The shrine has two more access points other than the southern path used by the devotees. The northern one through the rocky plateau called Hundred Thousand Fairies is the most frequented one. The Taktsang Monastery trek takes one through the most tranquil woods, where the silence is broken only by the crunching of leaves beneath the foot and the occasional waterfall. At the end of the trek lie the sacred monastery and the caves of Rinpoche’s arrival, residence and meditation. Inside Tiger Nest Monastery, there are dozens of statues of Bodhisattvas, Holy Scriptures, paintings, thangkas and other architectural pieces related to Vajrayana Buddhism.
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Taktsang Monastery In Paro
Situated in western Bhutan, Paro Taktsang is perhaps the most significant Buddhist site in the country. The elaborate complex of this monastery, with red and golden peaks perches along a hanging cliff-side in the upper Paro valley, surrounded by the lushest of greens. Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, is belie...
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