New Temple Complex :-
1990, His Holiness Sakya Trizin laid the foundation stone for the new temple
complex at Sakya Center. The construction itself was started in the same year.
September 1994, the construction of the new temple complex was finished, all
during Lama Jamyang Lekshey's tenure as General Secretary of the Sakya Center.
The local Tibetan community who lived near the temple contributed greatly to the
construction of the temple.
reason for building a new temple was that the Center had been using an old house
as the main shrine hall for many years. The building was quite ancient with the
roof leaking and generally being quite dilapidated.
addition to this, the
number of monks had increased over the years and the old temple did not have
enough room for all of them. Although the Center would have preferred to buy the
adjacent land in order to build a larger temple complex, due unavailability of
land for sale, there was no alternative but to bring down the old temple to make
way for the new one.
new temple building was constructed to be a multi-purpose complex. The ground
floor has classrooms, an extensive library and a small dispensary. The main
shrine hall is located on the first floor. On the second floor of this complex
is a Mahakala shrine hall, as well as rooms for visiting high lamas. And on the
top there is a small Lamdre shrine room.
In all, the new temple complex is a splendid ensemble of Tibetan architecture and Buddhist heritage and has become an ideal place for all believers to come and worship. It is also a living Buddhist icon on Rajpur Road where many other temples of other religions and religious schools have been built. Many visitors flock to the temple each day to have a view of the magnificent statues and shrine. Many also participate or come to watch the annual pujas take place and have blessings and initiations from His Holiness Sakya Trizin whenever they are held.