Lamayuru Monastery in Ladakh is one of the oldest gompas in Ladakh. Located at a height of 3,510 metres on the Srinagar-Leh highway, 15kms from Leh it is a place worth visiting. It takes about 3 hours to reach the place from Leh. We covered it on the way while coming from Srinagar during our Photo-tour to Ladakh.
About the place –
Lamayuru Gonpa or the Yuru Gonpa was founded by Skyoba Jig vten Gonpo (1143-1212)
It is believed that the whole valley was under a lake. Nimagon prayed for a monastery to be founded at the place. The Naga Serpants – spirits of the water caused the water of the lake to drain out. The grain of corn that was offered to the water spirits grew in shape of a Yung Dung (swastika) and hence its also called Yung Dung gonpa.
In 1820, William Moorcroft, the English explorer discovered letters of protection and exemption from forced labour and revenue taxes issued to the monastery by Mughal King Aurangzeb and by another Balti King.
The Lamayuru festival called Yuru-Kabgyat will happen on June 14-15 in 2015.
The mystical moonland is another attraction of the place.
The mystical moonland
Thanks to Shailaja, Ipsita, Madhavi, Shubha, Bindu, Renuka, Vamsi and Kamesh garu for joining me for this tour.
This post is written by Saurabh Chatterjee. His aim of life is to see India. He is a travel photographer and a photography trainer.