Jokhang Monastery in Barkhor, Lhasa, Tibet.
Tibetan Pilgrims offering prostration at Jokhang Monastery in Barkhor, Lhasa, Tibet. This temple is the oldest and the most revered religious structure in Tibet. It dates back to 639-647 A.D. and its construction was initiated by King Songtsen Gampo to house the Buddhist images brought to Tibet by his Nepalese wife, Queen Bhrikuti. In recent centuries the main statue in this temple is that of the Sakyamuni, which was brought to Tibet by Songtsen Gampo's chinese wife, Wong Cheng in 641 A.D. Pilgrims from all over Tibet come here to worship and prostrate themselves in full length in front of the main doors of the temple.