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ASTONISHING TIBETAN DOORS :- A Walk-Through

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TRANQUILIZING TIBET – PART II

Not just doors, They are stories. Yes, the Tibetan doors are no less than an astounding piece of art. Brass ornamentation, exquisite colors, holy symbols and decorative paintings are Tibetan traits of door decorations.

The patterns on doors often have symbolic meaning which may be religious or secular. They convey Buddhist ideas of spiritualism by using visual language of motifs and paintings. Sometimes they narrates the myths and beliefs of Tibetans through paintings of mythological characters like dragons on the entrance door.

Be it a regular house door or the monastery door, each has its own unique appeal on the observer.

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In previous post we got a visual tour of beautiful TRAPEZOIDAL WINDOWS – FROM TIBET. This time let’s continue to explore admirable TIBETAN DOORS from Monasteries, Temples, Houses and more….

TIBETAN MONASTERY DOORS

As Monasteries mark the source of Religion and Power, the doors here are often seen painted in Red as base color signifying power. Borders are beautifully painted with floral patterns and holy symbols. Door knobs or handles carry colorful tassels as the status symbol that differentiated people in the military or religious fields. The long tassels on the side are a sign of power and only the top 4 levels of lamas can enter.

Have a look at these amazing Tibetan Monastery doors-

Eastern Tibet – Litang Monastery

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Shigatse Monastery, Tibet

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Palkhor Monastery, Gyangtse County

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Tashi lhunpo Monastery, Xigaze

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Tashi lhunpo Monastery, Xigaze

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DRepung Monastery. Lhasa, Tibet

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TIBETAN TEMPLE DOORS

These doors are intricately painted with heavy borders and mostly ornamented by the Tibetan Lion sculptures on the top serving as guardians.

Door inside Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet

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Tibetan Monastery DOORS in India

Namdroling Temple, Karnataka

It is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. Located in Bylakuppe, part of the Mysuru district of the state of Karnataka.

 A decorated door from the Tibetan Namdroling monastery, southern India. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Namdroling.Temple.India.Door.jpg

Mundgod town, Karnataka

A town called as mini Tibet in Karnataka is famous for the Doeguling Tibetan Settlement. Here is the beautiful heavily ornate door with tassels symbolizing power

DOORS FROM TIBETAN STREETS

Though the things are modernized but still some places keep alive the folk heritage shaping perfect pieces of art. These eye-catching house doors are one such artforms-

Door with typical trapezoidal black border

Colorful door from Drepung

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DOOR WITH TIBETAN TOTEM (OX-HORN)

Door with auspicious Tibetan symbol for sun, moon and universe and the ox-horn which is actually evolved from ancient totem (Yaks) of the Tibetans. The black border resemble the shape of ox-horn and is a symbol of good luck.

Vibrantly colorful Tibetan door

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Tassels on the door knob

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ornate door on one of the buildings, Gyantse

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DOORS NARRATING MYTHOLOGY

This is the most fascinated element of Tibetan doors. The doors are colorfully painted with religious symbols and mythological creatures like Tibetan dragons or DRUK, Tibetan tigers, Snow Lions, the Garuda, Lamas etc.

THE Dragon door

Tibetan myths and legend consider the Dragons to have the power of perfect communication and enlightenment. Tibetan dragons are also used to decorate temple gates and roofs, sometimes holding a mani jewel, which is believed to embody the Buddha’s teachings.

From Labrang Monastery

Face representations like these depicts five negative human feelings, which the gods turn into positive ones. Rage, ignorance, jealousy, attachment and pride thus grow into their opposites.

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Lhasa, Tibet

In order to strike terror into evil spirits and to chase them off, some doors are painted with such horrifying faces, but they don’t symbolize demons. They belong to deities and, the more terrifying, the better they will keep wicked spirits at bay and let the monk focus on meditating.

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WOW!! Superb,,,,

They are bewitching.

How beautiful it is to communicate Tibetan life and culture through architectural elements like doors and windows. This art has developed over a long span of time where every colour, every pattern, every small detail holds some meaning. Each door has its own tale, the only thing that’s required is the eye of beholder …..

What do you think about these unique doors? Share your thoughts below. keep reading…

RELATED : TRAPEZOIDAL WINDOWS – FROM TIBET , TIBETAN DOORS AND WINDOWS

8 thoughts on “ASTONISHING TIBETAN DOORS :- A Walk-Through”

  1. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

  2. Hmm is anyone else having problems with the pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    1. OBSIDIAN SPACE – India – My obsession with art and design inspired me to pursue Interior Designing after my Post - graduation in Earth sciences just to brush up my creativity and thus learning functional design techniques. But I BELIEVE just learning How-To-Design is not enough. Space should be ecologically sound at-least to some extent, And that's where Obsidian Space came up. Started in 2019, this is the place to features inspirational content related to sustainable design approaches with the prime Focus on Historic architecture, Eco-friendly designing, Celebrating and reviving global folk heritage and sometimes a bit know-how of ancient science of Vastu and Feng-shui in space planning. Thanks for looking up. I invite you to join this virtual community and stay connected.
      OBSIDIAN SPACE says:

      The issue might be at your end. We have not got such a problem raised by any other user. The site is secured but network or traffic issues sometimes may interrupt with image loadings.

  3. Beautifully written. Valuable information throughout. This is the first time i got to know of tassels. You could throw some light on such words in future posts. Thanks.

    1. OBSIDIAN SPACE – India – My obsession with art and design inspired me to pursue Interior Designing after my Post - graduation in Earth sciences just to brush up my creativity and thus learning functional design techniques. But I BELIEVE just learning How-To-Design is not enough. Space should be ecologically sound at-least to some extent, And that's where Obsidian Space came up. Started in 2019, this is the place to features inspirational content related to sustainable design approaches with the prime Focus on Historic architecture, Eco-friendly designing, Celebrating and reviving global folk heritage and sometimes a bit know-how of ancient science of Vastu and Feng-shui in space planning. Thanks for looking up. I invite you to join this virtual community and stay connected.
      OBSIDIAN SPACE says:

      Thank you for your appreciation. We can surely take such details in mind for upcoming posts.

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