The Jokhang temple is located in the center of Lhasa city and is considered the most sacred Buddhist temple in Tibet. It was originally built for the statue of the Buddha called Jowo that was brought to Tibet by Brikuti Devi, the Nepalese wife of King Songtsen Gambo as her dowry. In the meantime Princess Wencheng also brought another statue of the Buddha from the Tang emperor and for that, Ramoche Temple was built. According to an geomancy calculation made by Princess Wencheng, the land of Tibet is a female demon lying on her back and the location of Jokhang is where her heart lies. Before, the was a lake called Wotang in that place and the King Songtsen Gambo had it filled-in with earth and then built the Jokhang itself. The two statues were later intentionally switched in order to hide the location of the original Jowo statue. So, today the statue that we see in Jokhang is the one brought by Princess Wecheng,the Chinese wife of the King. Beside the main chapel for the Jowo there are also many other chapels for the statues of different Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Buddhist saints.
For the Tibetans. This statue is so sacred that it is considered almost like the Buddha Shakyamuni in person. Every day thousands of pilgrims wait in line to pay homage end make offerings to the Buddha statue. Hundreds of people also do prostrations or circumambulate the temple in order to accumulate merit and purify their sins. At the same, time they pray for the welfare of all beings, recite mantras, and meditate on the Buddha or Boddhisattvas in order to dedicate their prayers to all living beings.