The arrival of the Tibeten spititual leader, the Dalai Lama, along with thousands of refugees at Dharamshala in 1959, made the life here more active. A number of Tibeten settlements, with religious education and other rehabilitation centres mushroomed all over he mcleodGanj area. As Dharamshala became the headquarters of the Tibetan Government in exile, headed by he Dalai Lama, it gained prominence all over the world and prominent personalities started arriving here. Mcleodganj emerged as a major Buddhist centre. The Gompa, a sacred place of learning and worship for Buddhists, house a 1500 year old idol of Guru Padam- Sambhav and a life size image of Avalokiteshvra. Historic relic brought from Lahasa during the cultural revolution have also beed preserved here. A huge collection of 225 volumes of Lord Buddha’s sermons and discourses all in Sanskrit and called” Thangyur’ in Tibetan have been safly placed in silken embroidered poaches in a corner of the Temple.