Check out the mustache and dual goatee. This Snow Lion temple guardian is located on the steps of the Padmasambhava Buddhist Vihara at Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe, India. Fun fact: Some believe that the milk of a snow lion can restore health to an ailing body… but not the body of the person trying to milk a snow lion.
Namdroling Monastery is the largest teaching center of the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. It is located in Bylakuppe in southern Karnataka. Bylakuppe is a series of settlements that constitute one of the largest collections of Tibetans in Southern India (about 20,000 Tibetans live here.) This monastery was established by the Penor Rinpoche in 1963, after the Tibetan diaspora of 1959. The original monastery was a small bamboo temple, from that it has grown to a large campus of buildings.
This, the “Golden Temple”, is a must stop visit for travelers in southern Karnataka. For those with interest in Tibetan Buddhism, one may want to arrange a longer stay. Be aware that there are certain permitting requirements for visits longer than day visits.