Nashri Mountain Monastery

Nāshri Mountain Monastery, or Nāshrimatha (Literally: "Monastery of the Tiger Column"), is a Thalathanist temple in the north-west which lies in close proximity of Mount Atiya, the highest mountain peak on Palalangan. It hangs on a cliff some eight thousand feet above the Lapak Valley. The name comes from the legend of Kairu who climbed the mountain on the back of a tiger. Monks of two chapters Naradhi and Sharyatra hold ceremonies there annually, conducting daily rituals at dawn, at noon and in the evening.

The monastery was founded abbot Akhanda, the son of an Achariyan military strategist, who came to island with the Pahanari settlers. Akhanda became 134-year old, and entrusted the monastery in the care of Sarachai, a harimau warrior-monk.

The "Tiger Column" is a statue of four mountain tigers standing back to back on a high relief within the main hall of the Nāshri Mountain Monastery. The statue is sixteen feet in height and made of granite and symbolizes courage and power, meant to inspire both fear and respect. There are also many paintings and statues related to Lord Tahamatan and his life. These paintings and statues are related to Tahamatan and his life. Depictions on the walls of the mountain include Tahamatan's struggle against the ahitas (demons) and his liberation from rebirth. The monastery has also built a library.

The monks here dedicate their lives to asceticism, following strict principles and rejecting all worldly pleasures to find inner peace. Deep meditation, martial arts, and fasting are common practices. At any given time, only 108 students are allowed to study at the temple. The monastery is also supported by a small tribe of shepherds that let their goats graze in the mountains.

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