Abundant natural beauty, beautiful architecture of palaces and monasteries are definitely the delight of travellers in Leh- Ladakh. Well, you need to hear the biography of Sengge Namgyal (1570-1642), also known as ‘Lion King’ to get the deep insights about development of Leh- Ladakh. This is the name behind the amazing architecture works in Leh- Ladakh. He built monasteries, palaces and shrines there. He was a 17th century Namgyal dynasty king in Ladakh and his ruling period was 1616 to 1642.
Family and Childhood
Sengge was born in a family that was devoted to Buddhism religion. His father’s name was Jamyang Namgyal while his mother was a Muslim. During the reign of his father, Jamyang Namgyal, Basgo monastery was built. A 24-feet statue of Maitreya was placed inside that monastery. Later, a 32-feet statue of Buddha was placed. That statue of Buddha is ranked as the second largest Buddhist statue in Leh- Ladakh. However, the largest statue of Buddha has been placed in Shey Palace.