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Photo Wednesday: Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan

13 July, 2016 (10:48) | early modern, himalayas | By: xensen

Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan

Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan.

This spectacular photo from Göran Höglund (Kartläsarn)‘s photostream shows the “Tiger’s Nest” monastery of Taktsand. First constructed in 1692, the Buddhist monastery is located in the upper Paro valley in eastern Bhutan. Padmasambhava (“Lotus-Born”) is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days, and three hours in a nearby cave.

Also known as Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava is considered by the Nyingma school of Buddhism to be a founder of their tradition. A Tshechu festival is held in his honor in March or April. The festival features masked dancers, similar to these photographed at the Wangdue Phodrang tshechu in central Bhutan by Pradiptaray:

Tsechu cham at the Wangdue Phodrang tshechu, photographed by Pradiptaray

Tsechu cham at the Wangdue Phodrang tshechu, photographed by Pradiptaray .