Monastries in Ladakh

Monastries in LadakhLikir Monastery
Located around 52 Kms from Leh, know as Klu-Kkhjil (water spirits) founded in the 11th century AD and was rededicated to another monastic order (the yellow sect) in the 15th century, its earlier gompa was destroyed in fire.
It contains huge clay images of Buddha's and various old manuscripts. It also houses an interesting collection of thankas, old religious and domestic costumes and implements etc. The site of the monastery was encircled by the bodies of two great spent spirits. This monastery also belongs to Gaylukpa school.

Spituk Monastery
Spituk Gompa is on the hill top near Indus, around 18 Kms from Leh. It was founded in 11th century by Od-De the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub-od, the Gompa named Spituk when Rinchen Zangpo translator came to that place and said that exemplary religious community would rise. Initially it belonged to the Kadampa School. It houses a collection of ancient masks, antique arms, icons and numerous thankas.

Thiksey Monastery
About 20 kms from Leh, Thiksey is an imposing monastery and one of the finest example of Ladakhi architecture. This Gompa is situated on the top of the hill and part of Gelukpa order, the disciple of Jangon Tsongkhapa, Sherab Zangpo of stod, first built the temple of Stagmo Lakchung at the top of Stagmo Lakchung at the top of the Thiksey valley. The 12 storey monastery complex contains numerous stupas, statues, thankas, wall paintings, swords and a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings. The successive reincarnation of the Skyabje Khampo Ringpoche act as incharge of the monastery. The main prayer hall has a 15 mt high seated Buddha figure.

Lamayuru Monastery
The oldest and spectacularly set holy site Lamayuru monastery is about 125 kms. Lamayuru was once a lake. It was blessed by a lama after which, as legend goes, the water of the lake receded upto the mountains leaving place for the monastery to be built. It is also the free zone of Ladakh since not even a criminal can be apprehended in this place. The Yundrung Kabgyad festival is held during summer on the 28th and 29th days of the 2nd Tibetan month.

Lamayuru has fascinating caves carved out of the mountainside. Also known as Yung Drung (Swastika) it is sited on a high promontory overlooking the village and valley.

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