Hemis Monastery – Ladakh
From a distance you will feel like as if you have entered Tibet and not Ladakh – and that’s the beauty of this Gompa. Hemis Monastery is the Spiritual Centre of Ladakh’s Drukpa Buddhists. Hidden behind a sharp valley, it has got its existence from 11th century. Hemis is also considered the place where Jesus Christ is said to have lived in his “lost years”! One can find this in Gospel “Life of Saint Issa”!. How true the story is – is still a big question!
Today, the monastery is well – known for its colourful timbers, main prayer hall with the grand statue of Guru Rinpoche or Lord Padmasambhava. Hemis is still considered as the main seat of Kagyu lineage of Buddhism. One can even read some of the finest scriptures in its library. The museum stores tiger – skins, swords, bar – shaped cup case, stuffed vulture pup and skull vessels which are worth the watch.
Every year Hemis festival is celebrated with much pomp and show which the world comes to see! Lord Padmasambhava is considered the reincarnation of Lord Buddha. He is believed to be born on 10th day of 5th Monkey Year – as per the prediction of Buddha Shkyamuni. So, on this day which comes once in 12 years, is celebrated with much grandeur.
- Tse – Chu Festival: Held every year in the month of July, it is famous for masked dances and every 12th year (coming in year 2016).
- Open: 08:00 a.m. – 01: 00 p.m and 2 – 06:00 p.m.
- See the museum which has a unique collection.
- Travellers advice: If you are here to attend any of the festivals , pre – book your hotel months before has people from across the world comes to see it. Hemis Festival is attended by Dalai Lama himself!