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


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  2. Expect to pay around 50 Rupees (one way) for the local buses which tend you be extremely crowded and uncomfortable.

    Private jeep taxi might cost you anything up to 800 Rupees (my guess, but check prices for yourself before booking).

    Buses will stop way below the village, so you'll have to hike up around 20 minutes to reach the gompa proper.

    Entrance fee was 100 Rupees last year, but you can visit the nice museum with the ticket.

    Dances tend to be very short and waiting periods long & boring.

    Many spaces are "booked" by tourist groups especially on the balconies and around the courtyard (expect lots of fighting and rudeness between the tourists for the "best" space).

    Monks are collecting around 350 Rupees for a ticket in order to sit on the floor in the courtyard.

    So dont expect a religious festival but a commercial enterprise run by the monks of Hemis gompa, the richest monastery of Ladakh.


    Thomas Wilden

  3. So, today is actually the first day of Hemis Tsechu.

    Yesterday afternoon there was a practice session in the courtyard, where the monks performed all the dances in their ordinary everyday-clothing, BUT without the masks and costumes worn today and tomorrow.

    This final practice session is called the "Dig" (maybe "digg").

    If you haven't been there one day before, you just missed it.

    Only problem is to get back to Leh late in the afternoon when i finishes. If you are lucky you can hitch a ride with some monks or locals down to Karu village wher by luck you might catch a passing bus, truck or shared taxi back to Leh (around 35 km's).

    Sometimes you have to go by "shared-taxi"-hopping, e.g. Karu-Stongde, Stongde-Choglamsar and from there (Choglamsar-Bridge) by bus or shared taxi onwards to Leh.


    Thomas Wilden