The Tibet in Delhi

Earlier today, we visited Kashmere Gate. About a kilometer from the historical site is an old Tibetan refugee settlement. Within the settlement is a Tibetan monastery, and a thriving market, popularly known as the Monastery market. Our main agenda today was to visit this market. Despite the peak rush hour—Sunday afternoon—we managed to explore the shops and lightened our wallets a bit (okay, make that a lot!)

My real aim today, though, was to visit the Monastery. The Tibetan Monastery has been on my wishlist of places to visit for almost two years now. Despite having lived for over two decades in this city, I had no idea of its existence, until early last year, when I asked a Buddhist colleague of mine where she went to pray.

Having come all the way to the market, we made a quick stop at the Monastery. It may not be as large or grand as the ones in the traditionally more popular Buddhist cities, but it was every bit spiritual.

Tibetan Monastery, Delhi

We admired the seated Golden Buddha, and for a change, we took no photos of the interiors. There were many devotees, several of whom were dressed in traditional attire; and we felt it would be insensitive to behave like crazy tourists. We turned to leave, when a middle aged gentleman stopped us. “Have you taken the prasad (sacred offering)?” he asked us. And then quickly went inside and brought our two cloth bags and gave them to us.

We asked if it was a special day. Indeed, it was. It was the third, and last day of an annual fast, and an auspicious day, that we had happened to visit. Lucky coincidence, or divine intervention? I’ll leave that question alone; the world works in mysterious ways.

Photo taken with a Moto G3, edited with Befunky. Click/tap to enter my Flickr Photostream and Instagram feed.

This is post #19 in this year’s NaBloPoMo, or as Ra calls it Nano Poblano

NaBloPoMo = National Blog Posting Month = Thirty straight days of blogging

By Kasturika

I tell stories - of people, places, and ideas - through words and visuals.
Designer by profession, Writer by passion, and Storyteller by accident (or is that a cosmic conspiracy?)
Digital Nomad, Slightly Eccentric

12 replies on “The Tibet in Delhi”

Thank you 🙂 I was told by a priest a few years ago, that photography of the architecture was permitted in the temple, but not of the idols of the deities in the sanctum sanctorum. I don’t recall the exact reason why, but I felt convinced by his reason. Capturing a picture of a place of worship cannot capture blessings or spirituality.

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I feel these rules are not common. One of temples here in Jaipur allows photography of idol but you can’t photograph anything else. Then there are temples which don’t allow anything to be photographed. Very difficult to decipher.

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I have been to this place several times though never wrote anything like this before. Felt quite light hearted and refreshed after going through your memoir-cum-travelogue. Even I was offered prasad one day…exactly can’t recall which day it was! The market is frequented by college goers and families. Then there are two restaurants as well in the vicinity which serve authentic Tibetan delicacies should you feel famished after hectic shopping. Overall quite pocket friendly and worth visiting place.

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Wollens are value for money. i have some of their stuff purchased 5 years ago and they kept me warm even in 2017 winters. Although they have stopped bargaining on price which they used to do back then. besides winter wear u cn also try fr summer worn outfits which is quite trendy and fabric wise at par. I am planning to go tomorrow in afternoon n get some of them not to mention a tibetan lunch in the cards already.

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