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Himawad gopalaswamy temple

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, is a hill (betta in Kannada) located in the Chamarajanagar district of the state of Karnatak, at a height of 1450m India and is extensively wooded. It is also the highest peak in the Bandipur National Park. It lies in the core area of the Bandipur National Park and is frequented by wild life including elephants. Dense fog predominates and covers the hills round the year and thus gets the prefix Himavad(in the language of Kannada) and the temple of Venugopalaswamy (Lord Krishna) gives the full name of Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta.It is approximately 220 km from Bangalore and 75 km from Mysore on the Mysore Ooty road -10 km away from Gundlupete, which is 60 km away from Mysore. There is a motorable road all the way to the top of the hill. Entry fee is collected at the forest department check post at foot of the hill. Materials used for pooja (prayers) alone such as flowers, fruits, Incense sticks etc. are permitted. Other food items are not permitted to be carried in. All these materials should be carried in non-plastic bags. Visitors are allowed from around 8:30am till 4pm. Overnight stay on top is not allowed. Private vehicles are not allowed beyond the forest check post. One has to make use of the mini bus arranged by forest department to visit the temple. There is a forest department guest house at the top of the picturesque hill, which is not available for public, only public servants on official duty are allowed to use it. The temple is dedicated to Gopalaswamy, which is one of the names of the Hindu God Krishna. The gopuram of the temple is single-tiered and rests on the compound wall of the enclosure. A dhwajastambha (flag-pillar) and a bali-peetam (sacrificial altar) is present in the mukha mantapa (inner-porch). The parapet wall of the facade of the mukha mantapa contains the sculpture of dashavatara (the Avatars of the Hindu God Vishnu) with the centre portion of the sculpture depicting Krishnavatara (the Avatar of Vishnu in which he appeared as Krishna). There is a shikhara tower over the garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum).      Book Now

Billigiri Rangaswamy temple

Dzogchen Monastery is one of the Six Great Seats of the Nyingma school, the Old Translation school, of Tibetan Buddhism. It is the most important and influential institution of the Dzogchen lineage. His Eminence the 7th Dzogchen Rinpoche, Jigme Losel Wangpo, has re-established Dzogchen Monastery in south India, to preserve the unbroken lineage of Padmasambhava and the Dzogchen Khandro Nyingthig. Dzogchen Monastery, south India is the current seat of the Dzogchen Rinpoches and a flourishing centre of dharma and charitable activity.The original Dzogchen Monastery in Tibet was established in 1684, by Pema Rigdzin, the 1st Dzogchen Rinpoche. Dzogchen Monastery was renowned for its college, the Shri Singha Shedra, named after the Dzogchen master Shri Singha, who sat down on a rock in the Rudam Valley of Tibet and left a miraculous imprint. In the 19th century, on that very spot, Gyalse Shenpen Thaye, a celebrated scholar and disciple of the 4th Dzogchen Rinpoche, Migyur Namkhe Dorje, built the Shri Singha Shedra. The 4th Dzogchen Rinpoche was the master of Patrul Rinpoche, Ju Mipham and many other great masters. Dzogchen Monastery was equally renowned for its retreat centres and ritual traditions, in particular the sacred art of lama dancing. During the time of the 5th Dzogchen Rinpoche Thupten Chokyi Dorje, (1872-1935), up to one thousand monks attended Dzogchen Monastery; there were 13 retreat centres and an estimated 280 branches housing tens of thousands of lamas, tulkus, khenpos and monastic sangha.      Book Now

Dzogchen Monastry

In the seventeenth century, the founder of the Mother Dzogchen Monastery, His Holiness Dzogchen Padma Rigdzin (1625-1697), went to the Holy Rudam Canyon in Kham, eastern Tibet, with his three main disciples: Terchen Nyima Drakpa, who was like the sun; Ponlop Namkha Osel, who was like the moon; and Rabjam Thenpai Gyaltsen, who was like the stars. H.H. the Fifth Dalai Lama prophesied that Padma Rigdzin.      Book Now

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