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Dhankar Gompa

This beautiful monastery is locked between the rocky spurs on top of clif in the Dhankar village at an altitude of over 3,800 meters in the Spiti valley. It is a 16th century old fort monastery, which has likewise acted as a jail in the erstwhile era. The Dhankar Gompa more than 1000 years of ages and also is connected to the remainder of the valley with a Motorable road, which benefits small vehicle only. There is a new abbey in the little town of Shichilling listed below the old monastery. The old monastery is associated with the Great Translator, Rinchen Zanggpo, and its complex comprises a variety of multi-storey buildings perched together.

Dhankar Gompa (Himachal) Buddhist Temple

Not just this, but the old monastery has 5 different halls, including Kanjur, Lhakhang, and Dukhang, and a massive life size silver image of Vajradhara, kept in a glass church adorned with headscarfs as well as flowers. The Lhakhang Gompa is a need to see spot, which is situated on the uppermost top over the primary monastery. This place is beautified with depictions of Shakyamuni, Tsongkhapa, and Lama Chodrang on the central wall. There are around 150 lamas residing in Dhankar Gompa; Dhankar means 'a place in the mountains that can be easily reached by visitors.

Dhankar was the traditional capital of the Spiti Valley Kingdom throughout the 17th century as well as has some attributes dating back to the 12th century. It was the seat of the very early leaders of Spiti, the Nonos that had the right to cultivate the government lands nearby and were called for to keep the ft in repair. They also dispensed justice to the people as well as were noted for their harsh fines until the British replaced them.

Lha-' od appears to be the local pronunciation of Zla-' od, the name of a famous lama that was born in 1121, according to the Reu-mig. Zla-' od-pa would certainly after that mean "a fan of Zla-' od." He is evidently the creator or renovator of the abbey which now belongs to the Gelugpa order. The monks assert that it was not just of earlier beginning than the Tabo monastery, yet also earlier than Srong-btsan-sgam-po. They have, nevertheless, absolutely nothing to show of any type of really old antiques. They clarify this reality by specifying that the monastery was ransacked lot of times, finally throughout the Dōgrā war.

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