Location: 6-km North Of Leh-Srinagar Highway, Ladakh
Also Known As: Lu-Khyil
Founded In: 1065 AD
Founded By: Lama Duwang Chosje
monastery, also known as Likir Gompa, is situated 52 Kms away from west Leh.
The word Liker means “The Naga Encircled”, just because of the reason that
this monastery is monastery is encircled with two great serpents, Nanda and
Taksako. This monastery is located in between the Indus River and Saspol
village. This monastery was made in 1065 under the reign of the 5th king
Lhachen Gyalpo. This monastery belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism.
The Likir monastery consists of the shrines inside the monastery
complex. This monastery is the home for 120 monks, which resides in the
monastery dwellings only. This complex also has a school where only 30
students studies. This monastery has two assembly halls named as New
Dukhangs and old Dukhangs. The old Dukhang has a statue of the Bodhisattva,
Amitabh, Sakyamuni, Maitreya and Tsong Khapa. The courtyard has a painting
on thangka of four guardians of four directions and wheel of life. This
monastery stores the old manuscripts, old costumes, earthen pots and thangka
collection. The monastery also has a huge Maitreya Buddha statue which is 23
meters high covered with gold and it is said to be the future Buddha.
The new Dukhang is 200 years old which has a statue of Avalokitesvara
with 11 heads and 1000 arms. The walls besides the statue have paintings of
35 Buddhas and Sakyamuni.
Likir monastery gives the venue for the annual event of Dosmochey, in
which people gather for the offerings. This event, according to the Tibetan
calendar, is held from 27th to 29th day of the 12th month. Sacred dance is
the main attraction of this event. Throughout the year, some procession is
held in the monastery. These processions are held at the main favorable day
in which it starts from the back side of the main temple and finishes at the
courtyard of the main temple.
The Likir Monastery celebrates its annual festival from the 27th to
29th of 12th Tibetan month. The festival sees votive offerings known as
Dosmochey apart from the performance of the sacred dances. The festival will
next be celebrated on February 15-16 2007.
HOW TO GET THERE
Road: A single bus links Likkir to Leh , leaving Leh in the afternoon
and returning the next morning