Sankar Gompa, one of the most visited Gompas in the India, is situated just 3 km away from Leh, the cold Desert of India. Located amidst the shimmering coppices and terraced fields of Ladakh, it has a rich collection of miniature of pure gold and several mesmerizing paintings. Due to its accessible location, it has restricted visiting hour for the pilgrims.
About The Monastery & Its Attractions
The monastery, established by first incarnation of Skyabie Bakula, provides shelter to more than 20 monks and the Kushok Bakul, Ladakh’s head of the Gelug-pa Sect reside at the top of the building complex which beautifully designed with a golden spire and a ‘Dharam Chakra’ along with two deer, symbolizing Buddha’s first sermon in Sarnath. At first step you will reach from Courtyard to the Du-khang which is adorned with paintings of Guardian of the Four Directions and a throne reserved for main monk of the monastery. Another section of admire is Verandah, painted with a ‘wheel of Life’, held by Yama. It has also collection of fabulous paintings and murals of the Old Man of Longevity, Sakyamuni Buddha with his sixteen sages and thirty five benevolent Buddhas. It also provides shelter to the statue of Avalokiteshwara Padmahari with 1000 heads and 11 arms, 108 volumes of Buddha’s teaching and idols of three Buddhas- Sakyamuni, the Present Buddha and Maitreya (Future Buddha).
About the Deity
You will find above the Dukhnag, the chief deity of the Gompa, Tara in her triumphant form as ‘Dukkar’ or ‘Lady of the White Parasol’, sitting over a light, airy shrine room. The wall of the room includes a Tibetan Calendar and tableaux mentioning ‘dos and don’ts for the monks. Another attraction of the place is the Gompa Library and eventually, a roof terrace that provides fine view of Surrounding and north side of Namgyal Tsemo hill.