Potala Palace, once home to the Dalai Lama's who were the last to rule the country now stands as a museum piece, a money machine for the Chinese Government. But the Tibetan people, still to this day come and prostrate in fron of it and opper prayers for the long life to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Tibet's freedom.
Potala Palace, Lhasa.
Potala Palace in Lhasa as seen during first light.
Potala Palace seen through the new buildings of Barkhor street. Lhasa.
Potala Palace, Lhasa
Potala Palace in Lhasa.
The penbey frieze that is under the rooftops of religious or Tibetan government buildings is repeated on the Potala steps also marks the ascent in strong contrast to the white stone walls. Lhasa.
Potala Palace, Lhasa
A makara, or water monster, decoration on a corner of the Jokhang roof also serves as a conduit for rain water. Tibet.
Dharma Chakra and deers.
The Potala Palace seen through the Dharma Chakra wheel and deers on the Jhkokhang roof. Lhasa.
Contemporary downtown Lhasa, Yuthog Lam with Potala Palace in the Background.
A Tibetan woman eats instant noodles sitting on rickshaw in front of Potala Palace in Lhasa.
A medical board advertises Tibetan Medicine showing a woman in mustard field, which is in the contrast to the lady walking by, who represent the modern day Tibetan woman. Chinese flag flutters with the Potala Palace on the background. Lhasa.
Pilgrims at Jhokhang.
Tibet-Prostration at Jhokang
Prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple, Lhasa. Housing the image of Lord Buddha brought by Wen Chen Konjo in the seventh century, the Jokhang marks the center of Tibet's sacred realm.
Pilgrims at Jhokhang. Lhasa
Pilgrims prostrating at Jokhang Monastery.
Pilgrims at Jhokhang
Tibetan pilgrim spin prayer wheel in front of Jhokhang, while other offer protration to the monastery.
Pilgrims prostrate at Jhokhang.
Tibetans pilgrims at Jhokhang Monastery complex.
A view of the spired “Chinese” roofs of the Jokhang. The spires, or ganjur, represent stupas. Curtains with endless knots shield from strong sun. Tibet.
Gilded copper banners of victory called gyeltsen on the roof of the Jokhang. Tibet.
Gilded copper banners of victory called gyeltsen on the roof of the Jokhang, Tibet.
Jokhang in Lhasa with gilded roofs and appliqued onto yak hair carpet curtain are deers and dharma chakra.
Colourful beams, columns, walls and celings of Jokhang. Lhasa.
Tingtri (bright blue pillars) and elaborately painted column brackets at the Potala Palace. Lhasa.
Brightly painted stairwell in the Potala with brass- fitted stair rails and a door curtain made of traditional stamped “tigma” wool cloth. Lhasa.
A band of gilded copper repoussé on an eave of the Jokhang. Lhasa.
Potala Palace door with khata offering in Lhasa.
RAMOCHE GOMPA, MAIN IDOL
Surrounded by an inner circumambulation path, the inner sanctum. The Jowo Mikyo Dorje statue is seated on a large stone platform. This statue was bought by Princess Brikhuti from Bhaktapur in Nepal when she got married to Tibetan king Songtsen. It was initially placed in the Jhokhang, from where it was shifted to Ramoche monastery due to political influences. Songtsen had married a chinese princess who also bought an idol with her which was placed in the Jhokhang by the Chinese.
Golden statue of Buddha at Ramoche Monastery. Tibet.
Pilgrims at Jhkokhang monastery.