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Tak Thok Gompa

Tak Thok Gompa Info
Famous for: God Lovers Nature Lovers
Entry Fee: Rs. 30 per person
Opening hours:6am-1pm & 1.30-6pm, festival Oct/Nov

Stok Gompa, 15 km from Leh in South, dates back to the 14th century. As a subsidiary of the Spitok Gompa, it belongs to the yellow-hat sect of Buddhism. Monastery’s walls inside depict the images various deities. There are two thrones inside the monastery. The central one is reserved for the Dalai Lama and other one for its Lama. Behind the monastery, there is a small chapel. The chapel is the oldest structure of the Monastery with the image of future Buddha of compassion. There are other chapels too.

This monastery is famous for its big library. The library has a complete set of the Kandshur, the 108 volumes of the Buddha's teachings. A new temple, dedicated to Avalokitesvara, was added to the monastery in recent years. The central image inside the temple is that of Avalokitesvara, with his 1,000 arms and 11 heads. A ritual dance festival with masks is held at a place near the gompa on the 9th and 10th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar.

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