Placed on hilltops, casting a panoramic view of the valley and surrounded by the spectacular snow peaks, monasteries in Ladakh are magnetically enchanting. One such monastery is Lamayuru Monastery. It is situated about 127 km from the Leh town and is located on a steep hill between Bodhkharbu and Kha-la-che. Colorful prayer flags fluttering along the mountain edges and fresh breeze add to its beauty. Often you can spot monks in maroon robes, silently climbing their way to the monasteries.
There are legends associated with the Lamayuru Monastery. It is believed the Lamayuru was once a lake, and the blessings of a lama made it reach atop the hill. The monastery is home to 150 monks and follows the Red-Hat sect of Buddhism. Lamayuru Monastery is also known as Yung Drung or Swastika monastery. It has many shrines and a rich collection of thangkas and wall paintings.
Initially, the monastery had five buildings, but only the central building today exists. Annual festivals on the fifth month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar are held in Lamayuru Monastery, where masked dances are performed. Monks from the other monasteries also participate in the celebrations.
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