Dechen Choekhor Mahavira.

True to its Tibetan name, the Dechen Choekhor Mahavira sits in the midst of peace and tranquility on a small hilltop overlooking the scenic outskirts of Bhuntar, Himachal Pradesh. The Druoka Kayug monks here, trace their roots back to the 15th century when the first monastery of the order was founded in the region of Gongkar, Lhasa.

Buddhism reached Tibet in the 5th century BC but wasn’t until much later that it gradually gained prominence. Monasteries such as this one played an important role as schools for propagating the doctrines of the Buddha.

Disciples who left as masters of the faith would settle elsewhere to establish their own monastic institutions, thereby facilitating the spread of the religion. On foot, the way up can be a steep one. But local taxis near the airport can get you there in minutes.

Visitors are however advised to not pluck flowers, litter or disturb the decorum within the premises. It’s a temple after all.


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