Everything seemed to be falling apart those days—be it my career or my personal life. I wanted to run away to an unknown place, where I could break free from all my worries, and seek inner peace and contentment. Fortunately, that’s when my husband suddenly decided to go to Bylakuppe in Coorg on a short vacation. I was excited as that was where the Namdroling Monastery was. It had been on my must-visit list since I had heard about it from a friend who visited Bylakuppe five years ago.
Namdroling Monastery, an oasis of serenity
I vividly remember the day I visited Namdroling—my first visit to a monastery. Although it was March and summer was just setting in, the weather was quite pleasant with a cool breeze steadily blowing. My husband and I had a good drive to the monastery. What I saw on reaching Bylakuppe was breathtaking. The magnificent Namdroling monastery stood there amidst the scenic landscapes, guarded by the spectacular red and golden gates at the entrance that led into a courtyard and well-maintained lawns. In fact, it is famously referred to as the Buddhist Golden Temple owing to the golden statues and splendour of the monastery. Yet, amidst the grandeur, you cannot miss a life-size portrait of Pema Norbu Rinpoche, the 11th throne holder of the Palyul lineage that dominates Namdroling.