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Tibetan Lions

Nov 20, 2011

a2fb00287c.jpgThese Tibetan lions come from the attic of the Old Ralang Gompa 13 km away from Ravangla, East Sikkim.

The Old monastery was built in 1768 AD and legend has it that the 9th Karmapa, head of the Kagyupa sect of Buddhism, blessed the site of the monastery with grains of rice thrown from Tibet. 'Pang Lhabsol' the worship of Mt. Khangchendzonga & 'Kagyed' Chaam (masked dances) is held in the monastery every year. At the time I visited the place there was some construction going on, while little monks were distributing rice into some small metal bowls for some peculiar occasion.

I decided that the photograph of the small table with two compartments with Tibetan lions painted on the doors was not taken by me not by chance then. Thus, the Tibetan drawing has got replicated on the doors of a winter locker at my place. However, the 10-hour creative process was preceded by a small set-up: