Bodhisattvas at Tabo



In the ‘Assembly Hall of the Temple of Enlightened Gods,’ thirty-three stucco statues of Bodhisattvas are suspended on brackets above the heads of pilgrims who journey to the remote monastery of Tabo, in the restricted access region of Spiti. The statues and beautifully preserved frescoes adorning the monastery’s walls are one thousand years old and treasures of the ancient Kashmiri style of sculptural art. Bodhisattvas are enlightened Buddhists monks who chose not to attain moksha, release from earthly existence. Instead, they reincarnate as savior-saints.

Tabo, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh


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