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Gegyu Sect temple in Yushu
14:33, June 28, 2010  

Beautiful rhododendrons flowers around the mountain by the Danag Monastery, a Gegyu Sect temple, June 26.

Located among the remote mountains of Nangqian County, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the Danag Monastery is famous for its long history and picturesque landscape as one of the Tibetan Buddhism Gegyu Sect temples.

The Danag Monastery, meaning the "castle of lions with horse ears" in Tibetan, got its name from its located mountain which demonstrates a shape of horse ears.

Founded in 686 AD, the monastery owns Gawu Lhakhang hall, Gajiama hall, Yerpa hall as well as Pagmo Zhuba holy palace.

Plenty of precious treasures such as helmet, terai and shield from King Gesar have been protected in the monastery.

As the earliest Buddhism hall in Khampa area, Gawu Lhakhang hall built in the Tang Dynasty is on a par with Yumbu Lhakhang Palace in Lhoka Prefecture of Tibet.

According to the data from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), the holy stupas group of 30 generals of King Gesar, made of stones and mud, was built in 1115 AD at the half waist of the mountain, east of the main buildings of the Danag Monastery.

In 2006, the Danag Monastery was listed as one of the national key cultural relic protection units.

Source: China Tibet Information Center
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