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Label : Must Visit

Tags : Buddhist Temple

Timings : 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Time Required : 1 - 2 hours

Entry Fee : INR 20 per person

Built By : Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od

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Spituk Monastery, Leh Ladakh Overview

Spituk Monastery also called Spituk Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery located about 8 kms from Leh. One of the most dazzling monasteries in India, it houses 100 monks and a giant statue of Kali, which is unveiled during the annual Gustor Festival held every year. It is famous for its collection of Buddhist objects of antique arms, icon, ancient masks and numerous Thangka paintings.

Known as Pethup Gompa among the locals, the Spituk Monastery was founded by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od when he came to Maryul in the 11th Century. The site was blessed by the Arhat Nyimagung. When Lotsewa Rinchen Zangpo (Translator) came to that place he said that an exemplary religious community would arise there and so the monastery was called Spituk. Spituk Monastery, with its commanding view of the Indus Valley and the surrounding beauty, is often visited by tourists from all across the globe.

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Gustor Festival at Spituk Monastery

Every year, the Gustor Festival is held at Spituk from the 27th to 29th day in the eleventh month of the Tibetan calendar. The mask dance is the hallmark of this Spituk which is performed by the monks. The festival is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. After finishing the two-day dance, the prayers start for seven days. The festival ends with the burning of an effigy and the symbolic termination of evils.

How To Reach Spituk Monastery

It is situated at 8km from Leh. The easiest way of reaching Spituk Monastery is to hire a local taxi from Leh.

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