In pictures: Lhasa’s pilgrims
LHASA means “place of the gods” and a pilgrimage to the holy city remains a dream for all Tibetans.
The importance of this is clear once you make it to the once isolated city and see just how many Tibetans are visiting from the countryside to see the same sights you are, although perhaps with a different emphasis, and possibly sharing budget hotels with you and the buses to outlying monasteries. Tibetan pilgrims can be seen around the Jokhang Temple, the Potala Palace and other important religious sites around the city.
Shuffling around the Barkhor circuit, hands outstretched in prayer, grasping prayer beads, muttering om mani padme hum, lighting butter lamps, or even stretched out doing the kora (a series of prostrations), they are a constant stream of life and energy in the inner medieval streets of Lhasa and around any outlying monasteries.
They are also part of the reason Lhasa remains such a memorable experience for everyone visiting particularly watching how much they revere the temples and palaces.
Here are some images of these pilgrims.
All images by Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com
For other images of Lhasa click here.