Golden Temple Namdroling Monastery, located 34 km from Coorg, is the largest teaching center of the Tibetan Buddhist School, known as Nyingmapa. Popularly known as the ‘Golden Temple’
Bylakuppe is a Tibetan refugee settlement established by Lugsum Samdupling in 1961 and Dickyi Larsoe in 1969. It is located west of Mysore District, near the Bangalore – Coorg Road. The main tourist attraction here is the magnificent Namdroling Monastery. The Namdroling Monastery was established by Drubwang Padma Norbu Rinpoche in 1963. It is the largest teaching center of Nyingmapa, a lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, in the world and is home to a Sangha community of over 5000 monks and religious. .
The Golden Temple Complex is huge and houses 10-meter-high golden images of Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche), Buddha Sakyamuni, and Amitayus. The temple tower is very ornate. The outer walls that line the door are decorated with huge colorful murals. The doors, red in color, have enormous gold knockers and a thick braided rope with hanging tassels. The walls are adorned with colorful paintings depicting gods and demons from Tibetan Buddhist mythology.
The monastery not only attracts a large number of young Tibetans seeking enlightenment and education, but also attracts a large number of tourists from all over India and abroad. Seeing hundreds of Buddhist monks perform religious rituals and offer prayers aloud is an exciting show.
This place is a calm and majestic view, surrounded by its landscaped gardens. The city is a pleasure to visit at festivals such as the Tibetan New Year (Losar), which is celebrated with great fervor at the monastery. It is celebrated in February / March over a period of fifteen days. Meanwhile, the monastery hosts traditional colorful llama dances and huge thangkas, a Tibetan silk painting with embroidery depicts a Buddhist deity.
One can also visit the nearby Sera Monastery, which is inspired by the first university of Sera in Tibet. The monastery of Sera belongs to the Gelugpa Buddhist sect and is the local seat of education. It is located about 2 km from the main Namdroling Monastery. There are other smaller monasteries just as beautiful; Sakya Monastery and Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. Sakya Monastery is a two-storey structure leading to the main monastery. The monastery of Tashi Lhunpo is one of the four great monasteries of central Tibet and the original seat of the Panchen Lama. This was reestablished at Bylakuppe in 1972.