The Pilgrim Kora in Lhasa, Lhasa Pilgrim circuits

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Plan your Lhasa tour? You are highly recommended to feel the Tibetan Buddhist culture by performing kora together with the local pilgrims.
 
Pilgrim kora is a path (circuit) around a temple or a sared site which is performed by walking in a clockwise direction. Tibetan buddhists come to from all over Tibet to perform kora.
 
Pilgrims perform kora in the manner of chanting mantras, spinning their handheld prayer wheels or prostrating themselves aimed at increasing their suffering. Similar to prayer flags and spinning prayer wheels, kora performing is done for the purpose of having a peaceful life and happy afterlife.
 
In Lhasa, there are four major kora (cirsuits) – Inner Kora, Middle Kora, Outer Kora and Potala Palace Kora. The Inner Kora refers to the circuit inside Jokhang Temple; Middle Kora is the path around the exterior of Jokhang Temple; Outer Kora is known as the Lingkhor Circuit, the longest kora in Lhasa and walking around Lingkhor Kora takes about 2 and half hours; Potala Palace Kora refers to the path around Potala Palace taking 40 minutes for one circle walking.
 
A pilgrim prostrates himself along the Potala Palace Kora

A pilgrim prostrates himself along the Potala Palace Kora

 
 
An act of a meditative exercise
 

An act of a meditative exercise

 
Walking around the kora while spinning prayer wheels and chanting mantras

Walking around the kora while spinning prayer wheels and chanting mantras

 
Prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple

Prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple 1

 

Prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple

I join the pilgrims on their kora, and walking shoulder to shoulder

I join the pilgrims on their kora, and walking shoulder to shoulder

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