Kinnaur,Sep 4(ANI): Setting up an example of communal harmony, a Buddhist priest named Wangdup Tsering has been rendering his services in a Hindu temple of Lord Krishna for past 56 years in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur District.
Situated at a height of 13,000 feet, the temple of Lord Krishna here offers an inimitable place for religious tourists.
Scores of tribals from surrounding villages and different parts of the country visit the temple here every year to offer prayers.
Devi Singh, a devotee said that the temple spread the message of communal harmony and brotherhood between Hindus and Buddhists.
"The temple of Hindu God, Lord Krishna is situated in between of a small lake. It is an age-old temple, which is related to the Hindu religion, but the priest of the temple is a Buddhist Lama who is 55-56 years old and lives in the temple. Through this temple we want to spread the message that religion is not important, be it a Hindu or a Buddhist we all are one and should live in peace," Singh said.
The temple priest, Wangdup Tsering, said that the temple does not believe in religion and allows devotees from all religion to offer prayers to Lord Krishna.
"In this temple we do not believe in religion. Devotees belonging to the Hindu or Buddhist religion come and offer prayers together," Wangdup said.
It is believed that on Lord Krishna's birthday, 'Janmashtami', the pilgrims after offering prayers in this temple head for a Hindu pilgrimage called Kinner Kailash Yatra.
Another local belief associated with the festival is that the harvesting season begins in the surrounding villages from this day onwards. (ANI)