Things to Know About Stongday Monastery -

Things to Know About Stongday Monastery

Stongday Monastery also known as Stongde, Stongday, Tonday or Thonde is a Buddhist monastery, located at a distance of 18 kilometres to North of Padum at Zangla in Zanskar. This monastery was established in 1052 by a famous translator Lama Marpa Lotsawa (1012-1097) who was a disciple of Naropa. After four centuries, it was taken over by Gelugpa and was dedicated to Je Tsongkhapa.

Attraction at Stongday Monastery

Stongday Monastery is the second largest monastery in Zanskar region of Leh- Ladakh. This monastery is residence of 60 Gelukpa monks. The major attraction of Stongday is its annual festival Stongday Gustor Festival. The festival is an annual affair which is held on 28th and 29th day of eleventh month as per Tibetan calendar. Seven temples surround this monastery, of which, Tshogs-khang is exquisitely decorated with the paintings of deities on black background. Stongday Festival is celebrated with huge enthusiasm. Zanskar region comes alive with lovely celebrations. Highlight of the festival is a sacred dance performed by monks of monastery. Thousands of travellers attend this festival every year and many others wish to include this in their Ladakh itineraries.

Stongday Festival 2017: July 12, 2017- July 13, 2017

If you are planning Leh Ladakh tour, try to make it in the month of July so that you can rejoice the festive mood of Stongday Festival.

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