Klöster und Feste

Lamayuru (Yuru Kabgyat) - Hemis Tsechu - Shashukul Gustor - Phyang Tsedup - Karsha Gustor - Korzok Gustor - Trak Tok Tsechu - Sani Nasryal - Diskit Gustor - Thikse Gustor - Chemre Angchok - Padum Gustor - Spituk Gustor - Likir ( Dosmoche) - Stok Guru Tsechu (Orakel) - Matho Nagrang (Oracles)

Freitag, 29. Juni 2012

Hemis Festival (Hemis Tseshu) on 29 and 30 June 2012

The Hemis festival is dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche).

He is believed to have been born on the 10th day of the fifth month of the
Monkey year as predicted by the Buddha Shakyamuni.

It is also believed that his life mission was, and remains, to improve
the spiritual condition of all living beings.

And so on this day, Hemis observes a major extravaganza in his memory.

The observance of these sacred rituals is believed to give spiritual strength
and good health.

The Hemis festival takes place in the rectangular courtyard in front of the
main door of the monastery.

The most esoteric of festivities are the mystic mask dances.

The Mask Dances of Ladakh are referred collectively as Chams Performance.

Chams performance is essentially a part of Tantric tradition, performed only
in those gompas which follow the Tantric Vajrayana teachings and the monks
perform tantric worship.


Thomas Wilden

Samstag, 16. Juni 2012

Yuru Kabgyat Festival - Lamayuru, 16th+17th June 2012

The Yuru Kabgyat is a two day long festival which is held with tremendous zeal and enthusiasm at Lamayuru, located 127 kilometer from Leh.

It is a festival that is celebrated with tremendous pomp and enthusiasm. Colorfully dressed Buddhist Monks throng the Leh Valley and participate in the dance drama.

The Yuru Kabgyat dance consists of Chhams in which the Lamas dance in the form of circles with large colorful masks. This circular movement is often accompanied by drum beats, long pipes and cymbals. The masks are usually made from paper mache and there is also a thin coat of plaster enveloping it.

The main figures portrayed are the Yama or the Lord of Death and Padmasambhava or the second Buddha who is also known to be the God of Wealth. He is regarded as a protector of horses and animals including human race.

This dance drama concludes with sacrificial offerings ("throwing of torma & burning of sacrificial cakes").

So, if you haven't been in Lamayuru now, you just missed it for this year 2012.


Thomas Wilden

Mittwoch, 13. Juni 2012

"Welcome to Ladakh" - Three day Sindhu festival begins in Leh

The annual three-day promotional Sindhu festival for touristsbegins here today on the bank of Indus River near Shey village.

It is being organised by the tourism department to promote Ladakh as a destination for tourists in the country.

Sindhu river, which is the longest river, is a representation of multi dimension culture and harmony in India.

The festival witnesses a variety of cultural programs like Ladakh's folk culture, Yak Dance, Gazals,Himachali dance,Tibetan Dance,Daandiya and showcases every aspect of Ladakhi folk culture to the visitors.

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Thomas Wilden