Karsha Monastery

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Karsha Monastery

Karsha Monastery, the largest Gelugpa monastery in the Zanskar valley, is about 8 kms north of Padum.

karsha monastery zanskar
Karsha Monastery

The monastery was founded by Phagspa Sherab in the 11th century.

karsha monastery zanskar
Lamaji on his way back from the market

This monastery is now managed by the Dalai Lama’s younger brother.

karsha monastery zanskar
Starting young

The monastery holds the Karsha Gustor festival for 4 days from the 26th to the 29th day of the 11th Tibetan month, which usually falls in January.

karsha monastery zanskar
Door leading to the inner sanctum

karsha monastery zanskar
Inside the monastery

The monastery has some of the most exquisite wall paintings done by the Lama Dzadpa Dorje.

karsha monastery zanskar
Wall painting

karsha monastery zanskar
Wall painting

karsha monastery zanskar
Wall painting

karsha monastery zanskar
Idol

karsha monastery zanskar
Sacred texts

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