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Takthok Monastery in Ladakh

Takthok Monastery is located in a small village called Sakti. This village is  about 46kms from the town of Leh, where you can enjoy the rural life in remote mountain regions. Takthok monastery site was once the meditation cave of Mahasidhas "Kunga Phuntsog ."Takthok means 'rock-roof,' and the monastery is so-called as the roof and walls of the monastery are made up of rock. Also known as the "Old Order," Takthok belongs to the Nying-ma-pa sect of Buddhism. About 55 lamas reside in the Takthok Monastery.

The annual celebrations held on the 9th and 10th day of the sixth month of the Tibetan calendar at Takthok Monastery of Leh Ladakh include sacred dances and the rituals of consecrated offering. To the left of the central courtyard is the cave chapel of the monastery.

The main assembly hall called the Dukhang, located on the right of the central courtyard, has murals of deities painted on the walls of the verandah that are displayed only at the time of the annual festival. There is a throne inside the assembly hall reserved for the Dalai Lama, and the wall left to the throne is painted with frescoes of Padmasambhava, while the tight wall has paintings of Sakyamuni.

Statues of Maitreya, the Future Buddha, or Buddha of Compassion are found in the Dukhang, while idols of Padmasambhava and Dorje are also found here. In addition, 108 volumes of Buddha's teachings called the Kandshur are housed in Takthok Monastery.

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