Referred as “Little Tibet”, Ladakh is dotted with numerous monasteries, where Buddhist monks and nun live. They play an important role in propagating and practicing Buddhism and Monasteries are the main centre for prayers. The monasteries are located in scenic locations, surrounded by picturesque hills. Admire the stunning architecture and have look on art collections.
Popular Pilgrimage Centres in Ladakh
Stol Palace is located 15 km towards the south of Leh town. The beautiful sacred shrine was founded in 14th century by Lama Lhawang Lotus. Monks belonging to yellow hat sect are the resident of Stok Palace. The verandah are beautifully ornamented, depicting the Guardians of the four directions. The monastery houses a rich collection of Buddhist artifacts and Thankas.
The Hemis monastery is the largest monastery of Ladakh, situated 45 km to the south of Leh. The monastery holds pride in housing the largest Thangka painting in Ladakh. It was built in 1630 and is resident to monks of Brokpa sect. The walls of the monastery are decorated with exquisite paintings.
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa
The ancient Gompa was built in the year 1430. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa treasures a three-storey high image of Lord Buddha and a fine collection of Buddhist manuscripts and art antiques. After seeking the blessings of Lord Buddha, visit an architectural wonder, a ruined fort from where you have a panoramic views of Leh.
The amazing holy Buddhist shrine is located 2 km north of the city centre. Sankar Gompa houses a huge statue of Avalokiteshvara (The Buddhist deity of compassion). The image of deity is very impressive, depicting with 1,000 arms and 1,000 heads.
One of the most impressive religious centre in Ladakh is Shanti Stupa. It is a white-domed structure built by a Japanese organization to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism. The sole aim of the organization was to promote world peace and harmony. Visiting Stupa at night is more exciting as it gets illuminated with colorful lights, which makes the holy shrine more beautiful and appealing. Enjoy breath-taking view of sunset and sunrise from the Shanti Stupa.
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