Traditional Tibetan amusements

A picnic in Tibetan style, an exhibit from Losel Doll Museum in Himachal Pradesh

 

A Tibetan family enjoys a picnic. The means of amusement include a traditional guitar and prayer drum, dice game, and family meal. 🙂

Tri Relbachen, one of famous 3 dharma kings of Tibet

Tri Relbachen finds place in Losel Doll Museum in Dharamshala

 

This postcard shows one of the Three Dharma Kings of Tibet, Tri Relbachen. He hosted several Indian scholars who translated and revised Buddhist scriptures during his reign spanning from 806 to 836 CE. And more than 30 monasteries were built to propagate Buddhism. Nepali and Turkish artists decorated the shrines. He also organized first ever medical conference in the lofty Himalayas. He strengthened Tibet-China relationship to avoid wars. But he was assassinated for promoting Buddhism at the expense of his political duties.

(Image: L to R): Princesses, King, and his Minister

 

Losel Doll Museum: boats from Tibet

A coracle and horse headed boat on display in Losel Doll Museum

(Left) A horse headed boat:

Tibetans used this boat to transport animals, cargo, and passengers across the waterbodies. This Losel Doll Museum exhibit shows people from central and western parts of the country.

(Right) A miniature coracle:

The coracle is made of wood and animal skin. Tibetans still use these boats to cross the lakes and rivers. This light boat can be carried on the back. The boat has a farmer from central Tibet and a woman from southwest.

Losel Doll Museum in Dharamshala: a scene from deer dance

Deer (cham) dance: A monk dressed as a deer cuts a dough figure that symbolizes evils and obstacles in Tibetan mythology.

 

Deer dance is a type of cham dance, a tantric ritual. The deer dance is performed in a group or solo. The tradition of tantric ritual dances was popular in Tibet during eleventh century. The monks performed the dances on special occasions.

 

The monks wear costumes of brocade and colorful masks symbolizing different aspects of gods and goddesses. They portray the dreams of the enlightened lamas through the costumes, masks, and dance movements.

 

The exhibit from the Losel Doll Museum in Dharamshala shows deer dance performed on the last but one day of the traditional Tibetan calendar.

 

Highlight of the dance is a monk wearing a deer mask cuts the figure made of dough that represents evils and obstacles. This New Year celebration is still enacted in various festivals held in the lands of lamas and monks.

The mighty temples of Masroor in Kangra

Masrur Temples in Himachal Pradesh

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    Do you want to visit the temples of Masroor in Kangra? Here are the tips how to reach and see the shrines. By Public Bus  You can board a public bus from New Kangra Bus Stand to Gaggle Bus Stand, about fifteen minutes’ ride costing INR 9 per…

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A photo tour of Nurpur Fort in Kangra

A guide to Nurpur Fort in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

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Time and the elements have peeled off the outer skin of tall brick walls of the Nurpur Fort in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. The walls do not support any roofs under which Raja Basu and his successors once lived luxurious lives. Raja Basu (1580-1613) laid the foundation of the fort and…

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Remains of Ancient Temple within Nurpur Fort in Kangra

Ancient temple in Noorpur Fort in Kangra

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This photo story takes you to the Nurpur Fort in Kangra. The fort has a high platform of an ancient temple. The platform is profusely decorated with different types of traditional motifs. The panels on the platform walls showcase stories from the life of Krishna, rows of Kirtimukhas (the Faces…

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Divine Guest List of Shivratri Fair, Mandi

Pictures of Shivratri Fair that takes place in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

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The four-century old Shivratri fair always has a long divine guest list. The annual fair happens in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh during February-March. The fair begins with the arrival of Kamrunag devta (deity) in Mandi town. Then a stream of hill deities reaches Mandi. Almost all the deities pay a visit…

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11 Amenities at Keylong Bus Station

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (H.R.T.C.) operates a canteen at the first floor. The canteen serves all three meals. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are on the menu. The menu is Indian, for example, coffee, tea, kari chawal, rajamh chawal, and meat chawal.

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