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Phyang Tsedup

(Phyang Tsedup is also known as Phyang)
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The Monastery of Phyang, which is home for about 70 monks, is located on hill that is about 17 km to the west of Leh. Belonging to the Red Hat Sect of Buddhism, the plot where the monastery stands was a part of many monastic properties.

The monastery of Tashi Chozong was established in the year 1515; it led to the introduction of the monastic community that began the teachings of Digung in Ladakh. Tsedup is held annually and goes on for 2 days. It is held on the second and third day of the 6th month of the Tibetan calendar, which usually falls in the month of July-August as per the English calendar. The festival is mainly celebrated by the Buddhists.


On the day of the Tsedup, special prayers are performed. The sacred mask dance of monks in rich silk costumes is the prime attraction. Along with this, dramas or ‘Chhams’ are the main part of the festival. Devotees perform a pilgrimage to the huge Thangka of Skyabje Jigten Gombo (the founder of the Dringungpa monastic order), which is exhibited during this 2-day festival. This is unveiled once in 3 years in the years of the pig, the snake and the monkey of the Tibetan calendar.

Tourist Essential

The sacred dances are major attractions for the tourists along with the paintings on the inside of the monastery. Other than these, as the festival falls in the months of July-August, tourists get to enjoy the scenic beauty of Leh and Ladakh.


by Kapil
by Kapil