Dream Destination: Phyang Monastery in Ladakh, Indiaon August 3, 2012 at 12:32 PM
The first time I learned about Ladakh was when I saw the movie, “3 idiots”, which ended the scene there, on location. It was such a beautiful place. When I searched more about the place, I found out that there are more to see in Ladakh than the sparkling blue waters or the serene majestic view. One of the places I discovered during my search is Phyang Monastery, pronounced as Phyang or Phiyang– Phyang Gompa (Phyang Monastery) is a Buddhist monastery which is located just fifteen or sixteen kilometers west of Leh, Ladakh, Northern India. Phyang Monastery was established in 1515.
Phyang Monastery is one of only two monasteries in Ladakh belonging to the Drikung Kagyu, Dri-gung-pa or Drigungpa school, which is one of eight schools derived from the teachings of Phakmadrupa Dorje Gyelpo (1110-1170 CE). Inside Phyang Gompa, one will be able to see numerous sacred shrines inside the monastery, frescoes dating from the royal period. Best of all, a (900) nine hundred year old museum could be found inside, which has an extensive collection of idols which includes a number of fine Kashmiri bronzes supposedly to date back to the 14th century, thangkas, Chinese, Tibetan and Mongolian firearms and weapons.
Hmmm,I wonder if they have hydraulic pumps thereat.