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Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh

Likir Monastery

Photo of Monastery

Likir lies at a distance of 62 Kms west of Leh. During the time of Lhachen Gyalpo, the fifth king of Ladakh, a religious estate and the land on which to build the monastery was offered to Lama Duwang Chosje, a great champion of meditation. The Lama blessed the site and the monastery was built. The monastery was encircled by the bodies of the two great serpent spirits, the naga- rajas (Nanda & Taksako) and so its name became widely renowned as Likir (The Naga - Encircled). In the 15th, century the disciple of Khasdubje known as Lhawang Lodos Sangphu made the monastery to flourish. The monastery was brought into the order of the great Lama Tsongkhapa and up till present times the ritual and observances of the three basic Pratimoksa disciplines, which from the basic of Buddhist teachings, are preserved. There are many blessed shrines in this monastery and there resides a protective deity wearing golden armour and of stern command. Every year from the 27th, to 29th, of 12lfth, month of the Tibetan calendar the votive offerings known as Dosmochey are assembled and sacred dances are performed.The successive reincarnations of Naris Rinpoche act as the incumbents of the monastery.