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Likir Monastery

Likir Monastery, also known as Klu-Kkhjil (water spirits), is situated about 52 km west of Leh, in Jammu and Kashmir. Founded in the 11th century, it was rededicated to another monastic order (the yellow sect) in the 15th century. Its earlier gompa was destroyed in fire; the present gompa dates back to the 18th century.

Likir Monastery houses huge clay images of Buddha, numerous ancient manuscripts, an interesting collection of thankas and old religious and domestic costumes and implements.

The monastery was encircled by the bodies of two great spent spirits; hence the name Likir.

The annual Likir Festival is celebrated amid much pomp and splendor.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Leh


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