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Yuru Kabgyat Festival in Ladakh tours

Posted on May 25, 2012 | FestivalsNo Comment

Ladakh is a traveler’s paradise and any travel enthusiasts dream come true. While on Ladakh tours, a traveler is sure to come across the various customs and traditions of this place and totally get mesmerized with the unique lifestyle and habits that dominate their life.

There are many festivals that are celebrated in Ladakh and the Yuru Kabgyat festival is one such festival held in the months of July and August. This is an important festival for all the Buddhists and sees a lot of participation of Buddhist monks from across the world. So one can see monks from Tibet, Korea, China and Japan come to this region of Ladakh at Lamayuru and participate in the Yuru Kabgyat festival.

In one of those Ladakh tours if you happen to be in Leh during these months, then the festival is a must see for you. Leh is around 122km from Lamayuru the venue of the festival. So come the months of July and August you can head to Leh and enjoy the lovely sights of the Yuru Kabgyat festival.

Yuru Kabgyat Festival
The Buddhist monks dress for the occasion and celebrate this festival with a lot of energy, pomp and enthusiasm. This is a great dance drama that has the Chhams in which the Lamas dance in a circular pattern. They wear colourful and vibrant masks and dance to the beat of drums. The masks are usually made of papier mache and have a thin plaster quote surrounding them. The beats of the drums, the cymbals and the long pipes add to the music accompaniment around.

The dance drama portrays the God of Death Lord Yama and the Second Buddha Padmasambhava who is said to protect all the animals and horses. Padmasambhava is also the Lord of Wealth. The festival is extremely vibrant and full of verve and vitality. The end of the festival is with offering sacrifices and involves lot of rites.

Tourists who see this festival see and learn a lot more about Buddhism in their Ladakh tours. This festival gives everyone a chance to understand the great teachings of the great Buddhist god Lord Buddha, and an opportunity to comprehend the philosophies of Buddha. The tourists get fascinated by the dance drama that is enacted in beautiful locales and picturesque surroundings of the Ladakh and the Leh regions.

The Yuru Gonpa or the Lamayuru Monastery in Ladakh is thus an important spot in this two day festival of devotion, reverence and celebration. The Yuru Kabgyat thus is an ancient place of worship which today celebrates the festival in full splendour. The Yuru Gonpa is a branch of the Drikungpa branch of the Order of Kagyudpa of Tibetan Buddhism. The Drikungpa School is named after the Drikung Monastery in Tibet. The Skyoba Jigten Gonpo founded this monastery and the order in fact goes back to the Tantric Masters from India, Naropa and Tippa.

Lamayuru monastery
It is believed that the entire valley was submerged in water when a holy man called Nimagon, prayed that a monastery be discovered in this place. He offered water to the Naga Serpent spirits and the entire lake water drained out. Then there were corn grains that were offered to the water spirits surprisingly and they took the shape of Yung Dung or a Swastika. Then a monastery was discovered here called the Yung Dung Gonpa.

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