Chengde Temple of Universe Love, China
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Temple of Universe Love
Like the Potala Palace, the compassionate and merciful God Mother Bodhisattva is enshrined in this temple, so it is also called "Small Potala Palace".
The Temple of Universa Love was built in 1767 and lasted for four and a half years. When the temple was completed, it was Qianlong's 60th birthday and empress dowager's 80th birthday. So the celebration of finishing of the Temple of Universal Love was also one of several celebration activities. It was a great event in the history of Qing Dynasty.
The God Mother Bodhisattva is mainly enshrined in it. There are about 40 constructions in the temple and the layers of the temple are very clear.
The Temple of Universal Love is divided into three parts. There are mountainous doors and tablet pavilions in the front. In the pavilion there is a tablet of Qianlong with precious historical value. There is an over-5-meter-high Wuta Door at the back of the pavilion.
In the middle door there is a colorful gilding tablet. At the front there are a couple of stone lions, which is a symbol of political power in Tibet. The rear is the main construction - "Red Platform". This platform is 43 meters high. Its base seat was built with granite.
The center is the main palace of the whole palace and called "Wanfaguizong Palace". The top of the palace is covered with gold tiles and used 14,000 liang of gold. There enshrined several copper Buddhist statues and they are very solemn and beautiful.
It is the largest of the eight temples outside of the Mountain Summer Resort. The construction and the decoration art outside and inside have characteristics of Han and Zang nationality. They are very harmonious and beautiful. It was listed in the Chinese emphatic preservation of cultural relics unit in 1961. Although the constructions have been over 200 years up to now, they are preserved very well and have mien of big temple.