外文标题：A Picnic To Putuo Mountain
A Picnic To Putuo Mountain
In June 2009 we had three days holidays. So we decided to go for picnic to Potuo Mountain. The mountain houses many Buddhist Temples and is a very popular tourist spot.
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Mount Poutou is one of the most revered Buddhist mountain in China. It is considered as “bodhimanda of Alokitesvara” a revered Bodhittsva in many parts of East Asia. The island is accessible by ferry only. It’s an extremely beautiful island. I found the visit very satisfying and exhilirating. I was new to China then. I was deeply impressed by the maintenance, cleanliness and sheer beauty of the place.
If you go to the temples you find Chinese praying with deep reverence and emotions. They seem to be very religious but an ostentatious display of their religiosity is missing in the sense that they don’t go around the town beating dholaks, cymbals, trumpets, in processions blocking traffic and causing inconvenience to the public. I have never seen any rallies here. I haven’t seen new temples coming up at every street corner everyday. My interpreter Tina told me that she has never visted a temple in her twenty four years of life. She had invited me to her place for lunch during the Chinese New Year and I found Budha’s idol at their place.
You can find such idols kept in a small temple with a red bulb or such light in place of “Jyoti” but that’s about all. Here at Poutou the main temple was located on top of the hill as we find many in India. It could be accessed by cable car or paved road or by 1001 steps. I saw people going up the stairs, silently whispering prayers and also as in India I found people crawling ( I don’t know what’s that pledge called where people lie down full stretch, place a piece of rock to mark their reach, get up take a step up to the rock and then repeat the cycle). I had seen people going to KedarNath , BadriNath temples that way and I saw them doing the same here.
Since Buddhism has it’s roots in Hinduism, many customs and rituals of praying may be same or similar. In the temples too one can recognize many forms similar in shape to some Hindu Gods and Godesses. One has to stay overnight at the island and plenty of accommodation is available ranging from low priced bunks to five star hotels and exclusive villas with breathtaking view of the mountain and the sea. The place has been developed as a tourists spot and has two beautiful beaches.
A hundred and fifty Yuan( 1050 Indian Rupees) is the ticket for entering the island itself. Surprisingly entry to all the temples in China is by ticket. You don’t see any beggars, urchins or Sadhus in Samadhees anywhere on the roads leading to the temples. There are no roadside vendors and no littering. The places are spic and span and toilets are vailable all along the roads leading to the temples.