Namdroling Monastery is also famous by the name Golden Temple. It is a beautiful temple that attracts the Buddhism followers and tourists by its traditional paintings. The Buddha idols are all made up of gold. In addition, the traditional artwork of the pagoda, the beautifully painted bell and the statue of golden deer on the rooftop are all mesmerizing. This tourist spot is also equipped all the modern and essential facilities, accounting to the availability of better transportation, restaurants and food courts, shopping complexes along with hotels and guest houses, which eases the living of the tourists and refreshes their minds with the natural beauty of Namdroling Monastery.
The place is ideal for the tourist or nature lovers who are constantly searching peace and harmony in this competitive world. The tourist not only gets familiar with the Tibetan or Buddhism culture but their prospects also enlighten the tourist with the art of meditation.
Namdroling Monastery History
His Holiness, Drubwang Padma Norbu Rinpoche, the 11th throne holder of the Palyul lineage, established this monastery in 1963. The complete name of this monastery is ThegchogNamdrolShedrubDargyeling, it is also famous by the name ‘Namdrolling’ in short. During its initial period of constructions, the temple was built with bamboo, which covers the area of 80 square feet. The area was initially dug out of from the jungle that was granted by the Indian government to the Tibetan refugees. During the initial period, refugees also faced numerous problems related to the tropical environment of the place and the rampaging elephants that were present in the area.
The tourist from all over the world gathers here and shares the culture and teachings of the Buddhism culture. The easy availability of hotels and food courts in the area also attracts the Indian tourists on weekend basis. As per the guardians of this holy place, the visitors are fragmented into four types of visitors, namely International Tourists, Indian National Tourists, Palyul Dharma Students and Dharma Students from other Centers.
The tourists and visitors with non-Indian passport generally fall into this category and accommodates in the hotels and guest houses available in Kushalnagar. However, the arrangements can also be made by the PCRF office, if the tourists update them about their trip details, including the exact number of days the visitors will be in Bylakuppe and their budget. However, it is also possible for the tourist to stay in Mysore and avail the tourist bus facility that will drop them in the monastery.
The Indian tourists or visitors can accommodate in PaljorDargey Ling Hotel, which is down the lane from the Namdroling Monastery. The room facility available in this hotel are in budget and offers two types of rooms; one with TV sets and another without TV sets. However, the reservations in this hotels are not made in advance; but during the special occasions and festive seasons, the monastery may make the accommodation and food arrangements for their special guests.
Palyul Dharma Students are the members of Palyul centers who are permitted to stay in the monastery in hotel or guest house. However, those who wish to attend the puja ceremony have to be careful about the Protective Area Permit information. Lastly, the Dharma Students from other centers are also permitted to stay in the monastery hotel, named PaljorDargey Ling.
Dress Code at Namdroling Monastery
As such, there is no special terms and conditions for the dress code. But, it’s a holy place, and hence it’s advised to wear full clothes in order to honor the Buddhism culture.
Festivals celebrated at Namdroling Monastery
Losar - Feb - Mar
Drubchen - May
Sagadawa - May-Jun
Mipham Anniversary - Jun
Longchen Anniversary - Feb
Gutor – Feb
This Monastery hosts numerous ceremonies around the year. But the major ones include the Tibetan New Year, also known as Losar. Most of the ceremonies are celebrated as per the Lunar calendar dates.
How to Reach Namdroling Monastery
Namdroling Monastery is located close to Kushalnagar. One can reach Namdroling Monastery by Mysore-Madikeri road until you cross Kaveri River Bridge. Even, local transportation can a good traveling mode of transportation.
Nearest Airport: Mysore Airport – 96 km
Nearest Railway Stations: Mysore Junction – 83 km
Nearest Bus Station: Kushalnagar KSRTC Bus Station – 6 km