Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery in Leh Ladakh

Diskit monastery lies near the Nubra valley and close to the Khardungla Pass, is quit the oldest monastery in the Ladakh region. This monastery was built in 14th century and is considered as a branch of the Thiksey monastery. Diskit monastery lies at the top of the hill near Shyok River. Near the Diskit monastery lays Hundur monastery and the Lachung temple. Lachung temple is the oldest temple which has an idol of Tsong – Kha – Pa. This monastery is a house place for 100 monks and nuns. Diskit monastery is a part of the Gelugpa, yellow hat sect, of Tibetan Buddhism.

The monastery has a flight of stairs which will lead towards the prayer hall. The hall has an image 32 mtrs tall of Maitreya Buddha which faces towards the Shyok River. His monastery also has a huge drum with in the hall and many images of guardian deities. The monastery has much Tibetan and Mongolian text in their stockroom.

Dosmoche is a festival which is celebrated with full joy. This festival is also known as the “Festival of the Scapegoat”. This festival is celebrated in the winter season in February. As in February the way is closed because of the snow, this festival is celebrated in the Diskit monastery to see the mask dance. Mask dance is a sacred dance which is performed by the lamas to show the power of good on the bad. The dough images are thrown out of the town to ward off the evil spirit and celebrate the prosperity for the people.