Author: NARESH THAKUR Genre: »

    LAHAUL SPITI, the land of monasteries and mysteries of gods and deities is the divine gift of nature on earth. The snow capped Himalayas present a panoramic pageantry of exquisite creations of nature. Located in the dizzy height of the Himalayas with passes thatremain closed for six months, Lahul and Spiti were till now a forbidden land. Now this area has been opened to the adventurous people who can have a glimpse of the magnificent valley;The world  famous ancient monastery  located on the bank of river Spiti  offers a valuable window to Tibetan culture: Art and architecture here are as stupendous as in Ajanta caves, The monastic complex  consisting of nine Shrines was constructed and renovated between 10 th & l5th century and an inner chapel suggests its foundation in 996 AD. The most important amongst these  shrine is Dukhung. Here 33 stucco images of Buddha. Bodhisatvas  gods and goddess surround the central. figure of Vairochana. Every inch of the wall is embellished with beautiful paintings which are as old as the monastery. The life of Sakyamuni Buddlha is also elegantly depicted here. The   gompa also contains   wooden images and a precious library of manuscripts. Tabo was built before Alchi monastery of LadaKh, nevertheless, both of them contain huge repository of contemporary Kashmiri art of the 11 th century. It also bridges missing links between artistic styles of India and Tibet. The soft and tender expression of the figures are the conspicuous influence of Ajanta.

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