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Kardang monastery

Kardang monastery 

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Kardang monastery

Renovated in 1912 CE by Lama Nobru Rinpoche

 The most popular monastery is that of Kardang opposite Keylong founded some 960yrs ago. It was renovated in 1912 by Lama Nobru Rinpoche.

 It has been 900 years since the Kardang monastery Was established in the foothills of the Himalaya. Kardang monastery is one of the oldest possessions of Drukpa lineage. The monastery is historical because it is a part of Kardang village which was once the capital of Lahaul. 

The monastery is famous all over the world for its religious significance and alluring architecture. The monastery houses a phenomenal collection of murals, paintings, frescos, Thangka paintings, old weapons and instrumentals like horns, flutes, drums, etc. 

The monastery is divided into 3 sections: the first room consists ofa 4 foot long prayer hal, Chaitya which has preserved the skulls and ashes of Lama Norbu. The ceilings of first section are decorated with minute frescos. In this section, there are statues of Padmasambhava, 1ara (Devi). Tagden Shakyashree, 103 volumes of the Kangyur, and 64 tantra books on various subjects. In the second room, there is an eleven headed statue of Avalokitesvara, Lama M Norbu's used garments and a skull. Third room consists of a six foot high wooden prayer wheel decorated with a brass bell on the top. Kanrdang monastery is an important educational centre as well. The library of Kardang monastery is a vault which contains some of the finest books belonging to the bygone era. The monastery 1s stocked with Kangyur and Tangyur books of Buddhist scriptures written in Bhoti language: there are strips of paper on which the sacred mantra Om Mani Padme Hum' is written one million times. 

Every year in the months of June and July, the monastery hosts an annual Chaam dance where monks are dressed in dramatic masks and head gears. An important center of Buddhist, this charming monastery can enlighten the tourist with its architecture and breathtaking surroundings!

Read More: -   Himachal Pradesh General Knowledge

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