Nechung Monastery and Temple, Lhasa

3.9
#14 of 18 in Historic Sites in Lhasa
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  • Absolutely worth seeing! Is great to combine with a visit to the Deprung Monastery. It is a Tantric monastery (seat of the State Oracle) this also significantly differs from the other temples.
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  • Nechung was formerly the seat of the Tibetan State Oracle. The superior of the monastery, along with other "oracles" elsewhere in the world, came into trance (supposedly "possessed" by a deity, Pehar Gyalpo) to prophesy on the subjects before it. Given the "shamanic" nature of this oracle, the monastery that housed it is quite different from the others. In fact, it's as if the whole monastery was a "gongkhang" (protector Chapel). So it is entirely decorated with frescoes especially "gore" as usually are the gongkangs: demonic figures, garlands of human skin, etc. Interesting. The deserves a visit.
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