a festival at Rumtek Monastery, a sacred mandala
is traced in sand on the floor of the temple. The process of constructing
a mandala--a diagram of the cosmos--takes up
to a week. First, concentric rings are fashioned in chalk. Then,
starting from the center, monks meticulously fill in every centimeter
of the diagram with colored sand to create an intricate and complex
mosaic full of spiritual significance.
Ranipool Valley, Sikkim
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