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A Starry Night of Golden Summit

By: Jeff Dai

 

Sichuan, China

2013 February 15

 

From the photographer: "In a dark starry night of the world heritage site of Mount Emei in China, the spring constellations of Corona Borealis, Virgo and Corvus rise above the golden summit of Mount Emei. Mount Emei is one of the four holy lands of Chinese Buddhism. The golden summit is the second highest peak of the mountain (3077 above sea level) and is the location of the first Buddhist temple built in China in the 1st century CE when Buddhism was introduced from India via the Silk Road. The Bodhisattva Samantabhadra is said to have visited the mountain astride a six-tusked elephant, and is considered the mountain`s patron deity. The giant golden 48m (157ft) statue in the picture is called The Ten Directions Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, and was completed in 2006."
Jeff. Dai - flickr.com/photos/jeffdai

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