October 6, 2007

Thiksey Monastery

Thiksey Gompa (Monastery) of Ladakh is situated at a distance of approximately 18 km from the town of Leh. The Gompa consists of several levels ascending a hillside, culminating in the head monk's private apartments at the summit. There are a number of other sacred shrines inside the monastery complex. The monastery also has a rich collection of numerous valuable artifacts and ancient relics.

Located directly above this temple is a small narrow room used as a schoolroom for the samaneras. Here the lamas instruct the children and some are later selected to become lamas. Traditionally, Ladakhi families donated one son to become a lama although I'm told this practice is gradually disappearing.

By the time I explored the place and descended down from the Gompa, it was dusk and getting dark, however, I managed to take a few more pictures through the fading light:

An informal chat with a military personnel on duty at the Monastery
To shoot this picture, I had to lie in wait for the little Samanera to fill up his water containers

View from Thiksey Monastery


Pijush said...

Woww.. Fabulous shots… Monasteries are always wonderful and you have captured in perfect way. You can download picasa to make these picture little bright. Have a nice weekend.

indicaspecies said...

pijush: Thank you very much. I'll try out picasa. Shukriya.