Jokhang Temple in Lhasa Tibet Tour Guide:
The most sacred and important temple in Tibet, Jokhang is the spiritual soul of Lhasa Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. Thousands of Buddhist pilgrims make their way to this temple, the House of Buddha, to prostate, pray and make offerings of butter before the Buddha statues. Join them or simply enjoy a tour of this magnificent religious structure. An imperial gift by the 7th century Tibet king for his new Chinese and Nepalese wives, the temple has a whole legend associated with it.
According to legend, Tibet was located upon the back of a sleeping demon, a female one, who did not want Buddhism to be established in the region and thus undid all construction of the Jokhang Temple by the evening of each day. The king built twelve temples at specific geomantic points across the countryside to pacify and overcome the demon and then only he began the construction of Temple Jokhang once again. It is believed that the Jokhang Temple is situated on the very spot where the demon’s heart lay and beneath it is the gateway to the underworld.
After several renovations and additions to the original structure over the years by successive Dalai Lamas and the Chinese, the Jokhang Temple is now a magnificent 3-storeyed structure with an open roof and features several murals, statues and sculptures and prayer wheels, housed across chapels and chambers. All three pilgrim-circuits of Lhasa Tibet lead you directly to this temple; all along the circuit, you can see devotees prostrating, praying and spinning hand held prayer wheels as they make their way to the Jokhang Temple.
The sacred statue of Jowo Sakyamuni, one of the original statues brought by one of the wives of the 7th Century Tibetan King, is housed here; depicting Buddha at the age of 12, the statue is considered as the most venerated objects in Tibet. Crafted by the celestial artist, Visvakaram with the guidance of God Indra, the statue was a gift to the princess’ father from an Indian King and dazzles with the glow of precious metals and dazzling jewels.