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Introduction

Lamayuru Monastery is as unique as its name. Located in between Bodhkharbu and Kha-la-che in Ladakh, the monastery is standing gloriously on a steep rock mountain. Recognized as one of the oldest monasteries in the region, it allures heritage lovers as well as spirituality seekers. Maintained by Red-Hat sect of Buddhism, the monastery is home to around 150 monks who stay, learn and practice Buddhism here.

Noted for different reasons, Lamayuru Monastery is amongst the must-visit places of the region. Tourists visit the monastery to learn spirituality and to spend some time in the beautiful location in the sacred aura. It is also serving as the meditation centre. Scenic location and peaceful environment of the monastery is hypnotic.


History

Being the oldest monastery in the region, it has a great history. Supported by different legends and believes, this is an interesting place to visit. Originally consisted of five buildings, now the monastery is left with one single building. Remains of the four buildings are the evidences of the original construction. Established in the 11th century, the monastery was founded by Mahasiddh Acharya Naropa. In its earlier days, it was serving as home to around 400 monks who used to practice Buddhism here.


Attractions

Lamayuru monastery is a collection of many shrines. Loaded with thankas and wall-paintings, the monastery looks amazing. Architecture of the monastery includes the 'Dukhang', which is an assembly hall. Located on the right side, it has colourful depiction of directions about the life. En-lighting the life of a lama, these depictions are the guidelines for the monks. It also has an image of teaching Buddha, which is also known as Vairocana. The temple also has a small cave, which is named as Norpa's cave. It is believed that this was the meditation place of Norpa. Another highlight of the temple is Kanshur, 108 volumes of the teachings by Buddha.


Festivals

The monastery hosts different festivals, for which monks here start their preparations since a long back. These are also known as the 'Mask Festival'. During these festivals, monks perform sacred mask dances. Participants from upper as well as lower valley visit the monastery to mark their presence during the festival.



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