Spituk Monastery also named as Pethup Gompa or Spituk Gompa, is a Buddhists monastery in Leh district of Ladakh in northern India and 8 kms away from Leh. The site of Spituk was holy via “Arhat Nyimagung”. It was found by Od-de, the senior brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od when he came to Maryul in the 11th Century, he introduced the monastic community. When Lotsewa Rinchen Zangpo (Translator) came to that location he said that an exemplary religious group of people would arise there, so the monastery was called spituk (exemplary). During the time of “Dharma raja Gragspa Bum-Ide” the Monastery was restored by “Lama Lhawang Lodos”, the stainless order of Tsonkhapa was introduce and it has remained unbroken as such till there. Founded as a Red cap institution, the Monastery was taken over by the Yellow Hat sect in the 15th century.
Best places in Spituk Monastery
- Hall of Fame
- Shanti Stupa
- Thiksey Monastery
- Gurdwara Pathar Sahib
- Ju-Leh Adventure
- Prayer Wheel
- Leh Royal Palace
- Yama Adventures, Leh, Ladakh
- Zanskar Kanishka Expeditions
- Namgyal Tsemo Gompa
Shanti stupa has provides attractive and beautiful views o nearby landscape. This has became a major reason for Shanti Stupa to become a famous tourists attraction, distant from its spiritual significance. The “Shanti Stupa” holds the leftovers of the Buddha at its base and enshrine by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. Shanti Stupa is located on a hilltop in Chanspa of Leh district in Ladakh, in the north Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. Shanti Stupa as know Buddhists white domed stupa, it was build in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist whose name was “Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura”.
Festivities at Spituk Monastery
Every year the “Gustor Festival” is held at Spituk from the 27th to 29th day in the eleventh month of the Tibetan calendar. The festival is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm.The festival is for two days in “Spituk monastery, Ladakh”. The mask dance is the characteristic of this Spituk which is perform by the monks. After finishing the two day dance, the prayers start for seven days. The two days dances are performed at many places – Spituk Monastery and Lobzang Rinchen. The festival ends with the burning of an effigy and the symbolic termination of evils.
Best time to visit Spituk Monastery
July to September is the only time tourists can plan a visit to the Spituk Monastery as the roads remain open. Else, Gustor Festival, also called Spituk Festival, will be a good time to plan, specially when the purpose of the visit is to experience altogether different cultures. During the festival celebration. one can see lamas performing dance form while wearing the masks of religious deities narrating the mythological stories of good over evil. Also during the festival, tourists can see the giant statue of Kali, which is unveiled only during this time.
How to reach Spituk Monastery
Spituk monastery is located in Spituk village. It is situated 3.4 km from Leh Airport. Head in the direction of the Hall of Fame/War Memorial on NH1D and about 2.8 km ahead lies Spituk monastery.