Tooth Relic Temple

The Sacred Tooth Relic temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka is said to house a tooth of the Buddha. During puja, the heavily guarded sanatorium holding the stupa containing the tooth is open to devotees and tourists. The tooth is held inside a gold casket shaped stupa, which is, in turn, nested inside a set of…

Butter Lamps

Butter lamps are  a well-known feature of the Tibetan Buddhist temples and monasteries. While the lamps traditionally burn using yak butter, they now use oil or Ghee. In buddhist culture, they stand for “the illumination of wisdom”. Since these monks are displaced from Tibet and now live in Coorg, the monastery sees a large amount of butter lamps together…