Spituk Monastery in Leh Ladakh
Spituk monastery, also known as Spituk Gompa, is 8 kms away from leh city. Spituk monastery is buddhist monastery, which was founded by Od- de, brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. This monastery was founded in 11th century by Red hat sect but was later taken over by Yellow hat sect in 15th century. This monastery has three chapels inside the complex. This monastery works under the Gelukpa order and it is said that monasteries of Stok, Saboo and Sankar are branches of Spituk monastery only.
Spituk monastery is a home for 100 monks which reside inside the monastery. This monastery has an image of kali which is unveiled once in a year at Spituk festival. The main temple in the monastery has a throne at higher position, which is for Dalai Lama. This throne also leads the way towards the old chapel which has an image of Buddha and Tsong – kha – pa. In this monastery, every year, Gustor festival is held in 11th month of Tibetan calendar from 27th to 29th. On this festival, a sacred dance is performed.