Buddha Temple “Mindrolling Monastery”
Mindrolling Monastery famously known as Buddha Temple or Buddha Garden is one of the popular tourist attractions in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Buddha Temple is regarded as one of the largest Buddhist centres in India. It was built with the motive to preserve and promote Tibetan culture in India. The temple has its own healthcare clinic, a primary and secondary Buddhist school, guest houses and a community prayer hall.
Buddha Temple is hailed for its marvellous architecture, charming interiors and the colourful murals that depict the life of Gautam Buddha. One of the major attraction of the Buddha temple is the Great stupa which was inaugurated in 2002. The artwork of the Great Stupa is a marvel of Buddhist art. It is about 220 feet in height and 100 sq. feet in width.
Opening and Closing Time of Buddha Temple:
Buddha Temple is open for its visitors from 7 am to 7 pm daily.
History of Buddha Temple or Mindrolling Monastery in Dehradun:
Buddha Temple is a highly celebrated Tibetan religious site built in late 1965 by Kochen Rinpoche and few other monks, for the protection of religious and cultural understanding of Buddhism. It is a replica of the original temple monastery in Tibet. It was built as one of the four Tibetan religion schools and was named “Nyingma” or the Old Translation School. The other three schools are Sakya, Kagyu and Geluk having a great importance in the Tibetan religion.
Architecture of Buddha Temple:
Mindrolling Monastery or Buddha Temple boasts a unique Japenese style architecture. It is believed that the unique design of the temple and paintings were made by 50 artists who took about three years to complete it. The temple has five floors which enshrine the idols of Lord Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava. First three floors are decorated with intricate gold colour wall paintings. The fourth floor consists of an open platform, offering a panoramic view of the Doon Valley.
Things to do in Buddha Temple:
Buddha Temple is one of the best places to enrapture in peace and sanctity. You can pay obeisance at the 130 feet tall statue of Lord Buddha erected at the temple complex which is dedicated to Dalai Lama. One can enjoy a bird’s eye-view of the city from the open-air viewing platform of the temple. There are many tiny shops and cafes that align the temple complex. You can slurp some delicious Tibetan cuisine and buy some fancy clothes from the clothing stores situated here. If you are an avid reader then you can handpick some spiritual and Tibetan books available at the bookstores. Seize some beautiful shots of the temple’s architecture and cherish the Tibetan culture.
Things to remember while visiting Buddha Temple:
If you are an admirer of art and architecture then it is advised to visit the temple on Sunday. The garden area and shops are open on all days but the interior of the temple is only open on Sundays. Don’t forget to remove your shoes before entering the temple. There is shoe check at the temple, where a token will be given to you at a nominal fare. Since it is a holy place so maintain peace here as the Lamas and Buddhist disciples pray and meditate here. Dustbins are placed in the Buddha Garden so don’t litter around and keep the environment clean.
How to reach:
Buddha Temple or Mindrolling Monastery is located in Mohabewala, Clement Town in Dehradun. It is only 5 kilometres away from ISBT Dehradun. One can easily reach here by taking the bus to Clement Town which is available from Parade Ground and Rajpur. Alternatively, you can also take the Vikram no. 5 from Survey Chowk which will drop you to the temple. Dehradun railway station at 10 km is the closest railhead and Jolly Grant airport at 36 km away is the closest air connectivity.