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Tibet’s most sacred Buddhist temple catches fire

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Politics India Tibet's most sacred Buddhist temple catches fire

Beijing: A major fire broke out at Tibet’s most sacred Buddhist temple Jokhang Monastery, which is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

Jokhang temple in Lhasa, the provincial capital of Tibet, caught fire this evening, but there were no reports of any casualties, state-run China Daily reported.

Firefighters have doused the fire and the relics are intact, the brief report said without providing details.

The Jokhang temple is also known as the Qoikang Monastery is regarded by the Tibetans as the most sacred and important temple in Tibet.

The temple’s architectural style is a mixture of Indian vihara design, Tibetan and Nepalese design.

It has a history of more than 1,300 years and houses many cultural treasures, including a life-sized statue of Sakyamuni Gautam Buddha when he was 12.

The temple attracts hundreds of devotees from Tibet and other parts of China and the world.

PTI

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