The Jokhang monastery is located in the city center area of narrow streets at a public square. It is the most important and sacred temple for many Tibetans. In a small building at the entrance of the temple I saw these yak candles burning. The light and the smoke of the lamps give a wonderful atmosphere to the picture. Perhaps to prevent a devastating fire in the more then 1300 years old monastery, these butter lamps are in a separate place?
Pilgrims and visitors supply the butter to gain merit. The yak butter lamps help to concentrate during meditation. The lamps emit a characteristic odor which brings back memories of the beautiful Himalayan region to anyone who recognizes it.