Picture of the intererior of the Vishnu/Lokeswar temple,
shared by both Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists. In the centre Vishnu/Avalokiteshvara
(Chenrezig) flanked by the Hindu godesses
Sarasvati , the two Dakinis (non-human manifestations
of the enlightened mind in female form) mentioned in the Clear
Mirror quoted below.
In the past, the central, main figure and the two dakinis to his right and left, were self-arisen statues, made of copper. They resided in the region of Dzum-lang but saw that their benefit for sentient beings would take place in Chumig Gyatsa. They flew through the air and arrived here. The king of Dzum-lang searched everywhere for them and heard that they were located at Chumig Gyatsa. To bring them back to his country, he came with a strong army of his subjects. As they carried the statues back to their previous home, they reached as far as Drak-zur [literally, Cliff-Corner, the point after which Chumig Gyatsa can no longer be seen]. They managed to carry the statues no further and had to put them on the ground. Then the king, his sons, and subjects were unable by any means to lift the statues again. Unable to do anything else, the king brought the statues back to their new home and enlarged its location. He then returned to his country.
From that time forth, when people from Dzum-lang
visit this place on pilgrimage, they cry to the statue, complaining,
"Since you no longer live among us, we have to undergo great
hardships crossing a river on our way here." This custom continues
to the present day.
Picture by Cormeille Jest © 1981 UNESCO, Paris, France