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Major Fire Broke out at Sacred Jokhang Temple in Lhasa


February 17, 2018

In the latest trending news out breaks, the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist temple, Jokhang in Lhasa caught a major fire incident on Saturday evening. The incident was heavily reported by witnesses on the social media, which according to reports, the fire broke out in a side hall of the temple, which in a slight relief does not comprise to be the primary part of the main temple.

Though there are no proper answers to the cause or specific damages caused by the fire as of now, it is being reported that the despite a major fire broke out at the sacred Tibetan Buddhist temple, there are no casualties reported. There is no proper mention in the official reports of which specific parts of the temple had caught to fire.

“One of the most sacred locations in Tibetan Buddhism, the Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa, caught fire on Saturday but there were no reports of any casualties and the extent of the damage was unclear.” said the report in the Indian Express.

The official reports suggest that the fire caught up at around 6:40 pm local time and it was put out soon. According to a social media post by a Tibetan in exile, China is deleting posts about the fire in the Jokhang Temple. The topic has been one of the hottest topics and most searched topic today on Chinese social media. Yet there is no single personal post and was removed in the cyberspace immediately.

The Jokhang is a Buddhist temple in Barkhor Square in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. Tibetans, in general, consider this temple as the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. The temple is currently maintained by the Gelug school, but they accept worshipers from all sects of Buddhism. The temple’s architectural style is a mixture of Indian vihara design, Tibetan and Nepalese design.

Source: © 2018 Tibetan Journal

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