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Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery is also known as the Diskit Gompa and is the oldest and the largest Buddhist Monastery, in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh of Jammu & Kashmir. Monastery  was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong Khapa, founder of Gelugpa, in the 14th century. A statue of Cho Rinpoche is in the prayer hall in the monastery. A huge drum and several images of fierce guardian deities are also there in the prayer hall. A school is runs by the monastery administrations with the support  from a Non-Government Organization (NGO) known as the "Tibet Support Group", which has computer facilities and teaches science subjects, in English, to Tibetan children of the region. A popular festival known as the "Festival of the Scapegoat" is held in the precincts of the monastery in February during the winter season.

 

History

As the Diskit Monastery was founded in 14th centuary by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, the history of the monastery can be traced from the 14th centuary. Ladakh was then ruled by King Grags-pa-‘bum-lde (1400–1440) and his brother, who unsuccessfully attempted to take Nubra Valley, which was under a local ruler named Nyig-ma-grags-pa. The local ruler assisted a Gelugpa order advocate to build the monastery at Diskit and deify the idol of Tsong Khapa, the founder of the Gelugpa sect, in the monastery. In 1440–1470 Ladakh was under the rule of King Blogros-chog-idan who had even controlled western Tibet, Panchen Lha-btsun - a resident of Nubra Valley by birth - studied in Tibet and later became a regent to the founder of Tashilhunpo Monastery. In 1500Bkra-shis-rnam-rgyal rule over the ladakh and defeated the latter and thus bringing Nubra under Ladakh King’s rule. After that son of Bkra-shis-rnam-rgyal, named Tshedbang-rnam-rgyal ruled over the ladakh from 1530 and expand his kingdom. The King Bde-‘Idanrnam-rgyal (1620–45) successfully defeated Baltistan and the Mughals. Later on the king Tshe-dbang-rnam-rgyal gave away the control of Diskit monastery to the Rinpoche of Thikse Monastery and this arrangement has been perpetuated to this day. Since then, Diskit is considered a sub-gompa of Thikse.

Geography

  • Just above the flood plains of the Shyok river,  Diskit monastery is situated, on its right bank in the Diskit village at an alltitude of 10,315 ft.
  • It has a mid climate as the valley is lower elevation.
  • The valley is called  the “Orchard of Ladakh" as the climate has created lush vegetation in the valley.
  • Diskit is the headquarters of the Valley and  has lot of government offices with basic facilities.

Climate

  • December, January, Feburary - Temperature ranges from 2°C to  -20°C.
  • March & April - Temperature ranges from 6°C to -5°C.
  • May - August - Temperature ranges from 21°C to  3°C.
  • September, October, November - Temperature ranges from 20-22°C and drops down to 0°C slowly.

Places to visit near Diskit Monastery

  • Samstanling Monastery
  • Hot Springs of Panamik
  • Sand Dunes of Hunder

How to Reach

By Air - Leh Airport is the nearest airport.

By Rail - Jammu Railway Station is the nearest railway station.

By Road - Monastery can be reached by by bus or jeep from Leh, about 150 km away.