Thiksey Monastery is one of the most significant monasteries in central Ladakh. The monastery is settled on the hilltop and is home to around 120 monks. This is a twelve-storied monastery with impressive architecture and boasts of 10 shrines and an assembly hall. Thiksey monastery buildings are put up in hierarchal order and offer a striking view from both up and down.
Thiksey monastery in Leh holds the Gelugpa order (yellow hat sect). It is referred to as the ‘Mini Potala’ of India, as it resembles Potala Palace (World Heritage Site) in Lhasa (Tibet). The Tibetan monastery houses many kinds of Buddhist art, such as stupas, statues, swords, thangkas (a painting on cotton or silk depicting a Buddhist deity), and wall paintings. In addition, there is also a nunnery in the monastery complex.
The monastery features one giant statue of Maitreya and Tara temple of Goddess Tara. Further, placed on the hilltop, the monastery presents a fantastic view of Indus valley and other monasteries like Stok, Shey, and Matho. Gustor festival is a famous festival celebrated with great excitement and interest in Thiksey monastery in Leh. Locals enjoy the event with sacred mask dance and music. You can also visit Lakhang Nyerma, a beautiful shrine settled within the monastery.
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