Gedan Songzanlin Monastary Picture

The most famous relics in Gedan Songzanlin Monastary are the eight gold-covered sculptures of Sakyamuni…

The most famous relics in Gedan Songzanlin Monastary are the eight gold-covered sculptures of Sakyamuni, fashioned between the time of the Fifth and Seventh Dalai Lamas. In the early Qing Dynasty, the rulers of Lijiang, the Mu Family, presented the lamasery with dozens of bronze sculptures, the "Ganzur" scriptures hand-written in liquid gold, scriptures written on pattra leaves, gold lamps, and many exquisite gilded silver incense burners. The gilded copper tiles shine eternally in the plateau sunlight. The auspicious animal decorations and flying buttresses show all elements of the Han's temple styles. 108 giant pillars support the main scripture hall lying in the center of the compound. Brightened with numerous butter oil lamps, the hall can hold 1,600 lamas sitting in meditation or chanting the Buddhist scriptures…

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