Likir Monastery in Leh

The sacred statue is said to be guarded by two ancient serpents

The sacred statue is said to be guarded by two ancient serpents | Photo credit: Etta Talwar Dutta

Likir Monastery Overview

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"Likir, literally meaning 'the naga encircled', is an ancient place of worship that is believed to be guarded by two sacred serpents – Nanda and Taksako. Belonging to the Gelug-pa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Likir Monastery was established in AD 1065, during the dominion of King Lhachen Gyalpo.

Two assembly halls are present in this shrine, namely New Dukhangs and Old Dukhangs. The former houses an Avalokitesvara statue with 1000 arms and 11 heads, whereas the latter has idols of Bodhisattva, Maitreya, Tsong Khapa, Shakyamuni and Amitabh. In the courtyard, visitors can see a beautiful thangka illustration of the wheel of life and four guardians of directions. A 23-metre high statue of Maitreya Buddha, covered with gold, is also present in the monastery complex.

In addition to the imposing idols of Buddhist deities, the gompa has an impressive collection of ancient manuscripts, costumes, earthen pots and paintings, which speak of the region's rich heritage. This monastery is the venue of the annual Dosmochey festival and several religious processions. A school and monastic residence are present within the premises of this ancient monastery."

  • Opening Closing Time 09:00 am – 01:00 pm
    02:00 pm – 06:00 pm
    Open all days

  • Photo Opp

    Click pictures of the large Buddha statue, which is the highlight of this monastery and can be spotted from a distance.
  • Entrance Fee Rs. 5-10 for Library

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Likir, 194101, Jammu and Kashmir