Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Red Palace of the Potala, Tibet

The last card for today is my first one depicting something from Tibet, and being fascinated with the place and all those books I had read related to it, I really really treasure this card....plus it IS indeed a very nice one.

It shows the Red Palace of the Potala (there is a White Palace as well).
The Potala palace is considered to be the greatest monumental structure in Tibet. It was the main residing place of Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama had to flee to Dharamsala,India after an unsuccessful uprising in the year 1959. Now the Potala Palace has attained the title of a famous tourist attraction and also has been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.The Potala Palace is so huge that the entire palace can be divided into various parts, about which we have collected the information and have compiled them on this site.
As for the Red Palace, it is completely devoted to the religious study and Buddhist prayers. This part of the Potala Palace contains a complete layout of halls, chapels, libraries, galleries and winding passages. The Great West Hall is the name given to the central hall of the Red Palace. It consists of four great chapels that have been attributed to honor the glory and power of the fifth Dalai Lama. The north side of this hall in the Potala Palace consists of the holiest shrine of Potala. This side of the Potala palace has been given the name of The Saint's Chapel. Another part of the Red Palace called the north Chapel has a crowned Sakymuni Buddha on the left and the fifth Dalai Lama on the right seated on a fabulous gold throne. The South chapel of the Red Palace in the Potala Palace focuses on Padmasambhava, the eighth Indian magician and his wife. The East Chapel in the Red Palace consists of the five golden stupas. The central stupa contains the mummified body of the fifth Dalai Lama.

Definitely something more than worth seeing one day.

the stamp on the right comes from a set of six (3x2) miniature landscapes, while the other one was issued the following year, 1997, and comes from an amazing miniature sheet of 8 stamps, called The World Postal Congress.

thats all for today.

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