About the Tso Pema Area

Guru Rinpoch Statue in Secret Cave


This sacred site is honored for teachings given to Mandarava, the daughter of the king of Mandi, by the Acharya Padmasambhava.

Also know as Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava was the 8th century mahasiddha invited to Tibet to overcome all obstacles to firmly establishing Buddhism in the region.

Initially the king was angered by Padmasambhava’s teaching to his daughter and ordered him burned alive and his daughter imprisoned. Miraculously a week later instead of being consumed by the fire the Guru appeared resting in mediation on a lotus floating on the newly formed lake.

The king was extremely impressed by this, quickly granting his daughter’s release from prison and simultaneously accepting these divine teachings.

Tso Pema (Lotus Lake) is located in the Northern Indian State of Himachal Pradish. Revered as a sacred site by Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus alike, with its moderate climate year round it is a world renowned pilgrimage destination.

Many yogis still meditate in the caves above the lake and practice at the many divine images of the great teacher and his consort Mandarava.

Mandarava Statue in Secret cave