A Tibetan Gutor in South India

SanātanaYoga’s Simon Meier attended the Gutor festival held at the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in March. The festival is a spiritual, monastic ritual featuring a masked dance that is performed to clear away obstacles and benefit all sentient beings. Explore Gutor through Meier’s photos.

A Tibetan Gutor in South India

The Former Abbot of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Khensur Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan. Bylakuppe, Karnataka.

A Tibetan Gutor in South India

The Abbot of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, H. E. Zeekgyab Rinpoche (the 5th Zeekgyab Tulku of Tehor, Tenzin Thupten Rabyal) blesses guests at the Gutor festival. Bylakuppe, Karnataka.

A Tibetan Gutor in South India

Dancers at the Gutor festival. Bylakuppe, Karnataka.

Bylakuppe

Masked dancers performing at the festival.

Masked dancers performing at the festival.

A Tibetan Gutor in South India

Monks play traditional Tibetan music for masked performers. Bylakuppe, Karnataka.

A Tibetan Gutor in South India

Monks descend the stairs of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery to prepare for the masked dance. Bylakuppe, Karnataka.

A Tibetan Gutor in South India

Traditional Tibetan drums are played for the masked performers. Bylakuppe, Karnataka.

A Tibetan Gutor in South India

Monks playing cymbals for the masked performers. Bylakuppe, Karnataka.

A Tibetan Gutor in South India

A Tibetan chanting scroll at the Tashi Lhunpo Monastic Library. Bylakuppe, Karnataka.

A Tibetan Gutor in South India

Little blossoming Buddha. Bylakuppe, Karnataka.

A Tibetan Gutor in South India

Tibetans from Bylakuppe attend the Gutor festival every year. Bylakuppe, Karnataka

A Tibetan Gutor in South India

Monks serve chai to all the guests. Bylakuppe, Karnataka.

March 5, 2020
Photos Simon Meier

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