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Matho Gompa

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Entry Fee: Rs. 30 per person
Opening hours:6am-1pm & 1.30-6pm, festival Oct/Nov

Matho Gompa belongs to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. it is famous for its annual Oracle Matho Nagrang Festival which is held here on the 14th and 15th days of the first month of the Tibetan calendar. During this festival, two oracles, known as "Rongtsan", are said to inhabit for a few hours the body of two monks. The purpose of these oracles is to attempt to predict the fortunes of the local village communities for the coming year. Two monks that are to host their bodies for the oracles are chosen for four consecutive years, each one after two years.

To be able to host the oracle in their body, the chosen monks are required to undergo a process. During the first year, the monk is required to meditate for nine month before the festival. For the subsequent three years, he is required to undergo meditation for three months in each year. The selection of a monk is done by lots. Every monk of the monastery will write his name on a slip of paper and put it into a bowl. One slip is picked up to select the monk to be an oracle.



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