Lamayuru the moonscape

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Lamayuru gompa is situated about 130 kilometres from Leh on the Leh kargil road. Like all the monastaries around it is also atop a mountainside with the village spread out below.

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The legend is that an Indian scholar called Naropa dried up a lake that was occupying the valley and he laid the foundation of the monastery. irrespective of whether you believe in the story or not what is undeniable is the absolute beauty of the region. The whole of Ladakh consists of dry barren mountains where not a blade of grass grows. The area around Lamayuru is called moonland as the landscape reminds one of the surface of the moon. As you gaze around you realize why it is called so.

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The monastery is like any other in the area with an assembly hall. offerings, thangkas, paintings on the wall. buddha statues.

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There is also a cave where the scholar Naropa used to meditate.

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There is also the oldest surviving temple in Lamayuru called Seng-ge-sgang which houses the images of Paldan Lhamo and Mahakal. It is a simple village, a simple monastery in an unique landscape.

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