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Bardan Monastery

Photo of Monastery

At the side of the Lungnak river stands the Barden monastery 10 Km from Padum the Sub Divisional Hq. on top of a high cliff. The Lama Barapa founded it in 1270. The Principal image is a Gandhara statue of the Buddha Maitreya, 2 feet high, which is said to have spoken.The Bodhisattva Deba Gyatso founded the present monastery. Since it was the seat (gdan-sa) of Lama Barapa its name became Bardan.The ruins of a monastery and a stupa can still be seen on top of the mountain called Thar-Lha