Nubra Valley

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery (gompa) is one of the oldest and largest Buddhist Monastery in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh, northern India. Diskit Monastery belongs to the Gelugpa Tradition (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism.The Monastery administration runs a school, with support from a Non-Government Organization (NGO) known as the Tibet Support Group (TSG) which has computer facilities, teaches science subjects, in English, to Tibetan children of the region.The main part of the monastery is a prayer hall that features several thangka and images of fierce guardian deities and a huge drum. The huge 100 foot Maitra Buddha statue was inaugurated by His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama is the key attraction among a number of tourists across the globe. Travellers love to enjoy the magnificent view of Nubra valley from the top of the monastery.

History

Diskit Monastery was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, founder of Gelugpa, in the 14th century. It is a sub-gompa of the Thiksey Monastery (gompa). Lachung Temple and Hundur Temple are also located nearby, the latter is below the main road near a bridge. The Diskit monastery features plenty of shrines along with Mongolian and Tibetan texts in the storehouse. According to the Mongol mythology, an anti-Buddhist Mongol demon lived in the monastery and he was killed. And today the body parts along with the wrinkled head of the demon are believed to remain inside the Diskit monastery.

Festival

Every year Disket Gustor (Festival) is celebrated on the 28th to 29th in the eighth month of the Tibetan calendar. People gather from different parts of Ladakh at Diskit Monastery to watch the mask dance. The mask dance also known as (Cham) dance is performed by the Lamas of the Monastery to energetically express the superiority of good over evil forces.