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Key Monastery

Key Monastery

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Key Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery which is located in the Spiti Valley, Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh, India. In the Spiti Valley this is the biggest monastery. Dromton founded this gompa between 1008 to 1064 CE. He was the disciple of teacher Atisha. It is the home to 350 lamas.   What to see in Key Monastery:  Monastery is famous for its architectural style. Architectural style of this gompa is known as Pasada Style. Monastery is having 3 floors. These floors are underground, Ground and First Floors. Ground floor is used as assembly hall.  This floor is having small rooms for the monks. These rooms are known as Tangyur. Assembly hall is also known as Du-khang.  Underground floor is used for the storage. Several attractions of this monastery are Ancient Weapons, Rare Thangkas, Ancient Murals and musical instruments like drums, cymbals, trumpets.   This monastery destroyed for several times and rebuilt. In 1840, monastery was undergone fire accident and in 1975 it was affected with an earthquake. This gompa belongs to Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It appears like fortress.  In the Spiti Valley, this is one of the Gelugpa Sect monasteries. Other monasteries of this valley are Drangtse Monastery and Tabo Monastery. At the integral festivals, Mask dance perform by the monks. This is the resemblance of the victory of good over evil.   What to see around Key Monastery: Kibber: Lush Green fields and agricultural forms are abundant. Major crops are Peas and Barley. Village consists of only 80 houses. They are made up of adobe brick and mud. This place is famous for monasteries, barren splendour, and scenic mountains. It is located 2kms away from the monastery. Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery.  It is situated 12kms away from Gompa. Tangyud Monastery: It is located 14kms away from the gompa. For Buddhists it is the sacred place. Spectacular view of Kaza can be possible from here. Dhankar Monastery: It is located 32kms away from Gompa. Main intension to build this fort is to keep an eye on enemies and enjoy the Spiti Valley by seeing from...

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Lhalung Monastery

Lhalung Monastery

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Lhalung Monastery is the earliest monasteries founded in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India. Other names of this monastery are Lhalung Monastery, Lhalun Monastery, Golden temple, Sarkhang. Lhalun means Land of Gods. Lhalun is derived from two words Iha and Lung. Iha means Deities, Devatas and Lung means Land, area. It is largest in Lingti Valley.   What to see in Lhalung Monastery: Main Chapel is richly decorated with the images of different shrines.  It is a temple complex consists of 9 shrines. Lhalung means Land of Gods. It is believed that, Lhalung is the head of all the deities of this valley. Colour of Mountain changes from time to time. This colour depends on the moods of the gods. For example Yellow colour symbolises for Joy and Red colour is the symbol for Anger.   It is believed that this temple was built by Gods in one night. This was constructed by the gods after Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo Planted a willow tree in this place. One interesting thing is that this willow tree can be seen even now. Lhalung Monastery was found by the great Rinchen Zangpo. During late 10th century he ruled Western Himalayan Kingdom’s of Kinnaur, Spiti, Guge, and Zanskar.   Gold leaf deities kept in its shrine so this temple is also known as Golden Temple. Walls of this monastery are so beautiful. Images of 50 deities can be seen on the walls of this monastery. Passage walls of this temple are beautifully decorated with different paintings. Outside the Gompa Buddha shrine is so attractive which was in white colour. This image of Buddha is displayed in four cardinal directions. This statue was placed here at the time of construction of this monastery itself.   What to see around Lhalung Monastery: Lahaul Valley: It is located 2745meters above the sea level. It is the subdivision of Lahaul Spiti district but this place is entirely different from Spiti. This place is more developed when compared with spiti. Lahaul Valley is most beautiful with greenery. Gateway to reach Lahaul and Keylong is Rohatang Pass. Kaza: This is the starting point for trekking from Spiti. Other attractions of this place are Hikkim monastery and Sa-kya-Pa sect Monastery. Most of the...

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