If you thought that the Shaolin Temple is just about martial arts, then there are a quantity of other exciting things like the Mahavira Area, the Pagoda Forest and the Dharma Cave that lures visitors regularly for this place. Each of the three sites has acquired their charm and contains a particular significance.
The Mahavira Lounge holds particular importance as prayers and essential celebrations are held here regularly. 18 Buddhist arhats stand in both the eastern and southern part of the hall to be able to offer their praying to the almighty.
The figure of Kingnaro and Dharma, founders of Shaolin Cudgel Chinese Zen Yoga, respectively is put in the back of three Buddhas. The natural stone lions, which are 3. 33 feet high, are also quite spectacular to watch. Walking through the floors, one can find fifty small pits which are considered the rare prints of Monks who used to train martial artistry here.
The Pagoda Woodlands can give you an idea at first that it is all about woods, but on visiting there, you will be surprised to see their scarcity. Pagodas direct to the tall packet structures that have been built in the Tang Dynasty. Presently there is a total of 228 pagodas in Shaolin Temple. The specialty of all the pagodas is that all of them are different from the other in phrases of size. Some of them are polygonal while some of them are cylindrical.
Dharma Cave has received mythological importance. Dharma was a Buddhist monk who is said to have introduced Zen Yoga initially. It is said that he meditated in this cave for seven long years before achieving the spiritual stage. The cave is about 3 feet deep and has many inscriptions written on both sides of the cave. The peculiar fascination of the place is the Meditating stone around which Dharma used to sit and meditate. The rock till today sets at the same place.
The tour can be concluded by going to the Wushu Martial Arts Training Centre. This is the place to can watch students practicing the Chinese Shaolin Kung Fu. The monks have been practicing Kung fu the past truck years. You can see here students performing New tong/tanga Zi Gong, a form of martial arts that mainly helps a person to develop inner power and adaptability. The forehead is open every day for the visitors from 08: 10 am to 17: 30 pm.