Spituk Monastery in Leh

Spituk Monastery Overview

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"Spituk Monastery is an ancient Buddhist shrine, established during the 11th century. Nestled atop a high hillock, it overlooks the Indus River flowing nearby. The shrine was built under the patronage of Od-de, who was Lha Lama Changchub Od's elder brother and wanted a monastic community in the region. Spituk, a word for exemplary, derived from the translation of Rinchen Zangpo's statement, was chosen as the name of this monastery. Following the lineage of Gelug-pa school, this shrine has three prominent monasteries functioning under it – Stok, Saboo and Sankar. These monasteries are headed by the supposed reincarnations of Skyabsje Bakula Rinpoche.

An idol of Lord Buddha is installed within the main shrine of the gompa, along with a small image of Amitayus – the deity of long life. A large and holy wax bowl with continuously burning flame is kept in front of Buddha's statue. This flame burns for a period of one year and is replaced on a sacred day. An imposing image of Mahakaal also forms a part of the premises. Another highlight of the main prayer hall is the high throne, which is exclusively built for Dalai Lama. There is a hidden door besides this throne that leads to a dark old chapel, which has images of Tsong-kha-pa, his disciples and Lord Buddha.

This monastery features an assortment of colourful thangka paintings, ancient masks and weapons. Exquisite murals depicting Buddha's various hand gestures are also preserved here. This monastery is the venue of several Tibetan festivals, during which religious dances and unique rituals are performed. Gustor, an important festival of Gelug sect, is celebrated here towards the end of the eleventh month of Tibetan calendar."

  • Opening Closing Time 08:00 am – 01:00 pm
    02:00 pm – 06:00 pm
    Open all days

  • Photo Opp

    Offering a panoramic view of the Indus River and its valley, the Spituk Monastery is an ideal place for photography. Visitors can click numerous pictures of this quaint shrine and its spectacular surroundings.
  • Entrance Fee Rs. 20

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Leh, 194104, Jammu and Kashmir