Situated in the center of the old city of Lhasa, Jokhang Temple is the first Buddhist temple in Tibet, built by King Songsen Gampa in the 9th century after his Nepalese wife brought an image of the Sakyamuni into Tibet.. It is also the Sacred Temple of all Tibetan Buddhists. All year-round many Tibetan Buddhists go on a pilgrimage to Lhasa, from all over Tibet and other provinces like Qinghai, Gansu and Inner Mongolia, and their destination is the Jokhang Temple.Jokhang Temple is not subordinate to any Buddhist sects, and is always the place in Tibet where major Buddhist ceremonies are held. When the Ganden Podrang regime was established by the fifth Dalai Lama, his government offices were set up in this temple. The Initiation Ceremonies of the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama were held in this temple l.
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