Spituk Monastery,

Spituk Monastery

Location: Spituk Monastery that lies at a distance of about 8 km from the beautiful town of Leh is located on hill top that overlooks the River Indus.

Description: The name Spituk, which means “exemplary”, has been derived from a translator’s statement. Rinchen Zangpo once said that “an exemplary religious community would develop there”, thus giving the name Spituk to the monastery. This monastery was established in the 11th century by the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od, Od-de. However, in the 15th century, Yellow Hat sect took over this monastery. Along with a huge statue of Kali, this monastery also consists of 100 monks. The main temple has a throne which is reserved for Dalai Lama. The doors, which are present beside the throne, lead to an old chapel. A wax bowl with central flame is placed right in front of the statue of Buddha and it symbolizes purity and divinity.

Activities: At this holy monastery, a person can view one of the finest collections of antiques. Images of Amitayus and Lord Buddha are sure to leave the visitors spell bound. Religiously inclined tourists can also mark a visit to the temples that are dedicated to different gods and lie in the vicinity.

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