Bylakuppe is the largest Tibetan settlement in India located near Kushalanagar in Kodagu district. The settlement set up in 1960 holds a several monasteries and temples of all major Vajrayana (Indo-Tibetan Buddhist) lineages. The largest monasteries are Namdroling (Nyingma tradition) and Sera (Gelugpa lineage).
Golden Temple is a major attraction at Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement. The gold coated Buddhist statues in the monastery are impressive and unique, explains the rich cultural heritage of Tibetans. The statues found here are Guru Padmasambhava, the Shakyamuni Buddha and Amitayus.
The Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement is houses more than 16000 refugees from Tibet who escaped from their country following its invasion by the Chinese. There are about 7,000 monks and nuns.
Agriculture is the main occupation of refugees. Moreover, they also make handicrafts, carpets and incense.
27 JAN 2012