Phyang Gompa belongs to the Degungpa order and was the first monastery to introduce the Degungpa teachings of Skyob Jigsten Gonbo in Ladakh. It hosts the annual Phyang Festival which attracts a lot of visitors from all over the world.
Phyang Festival Dates
2013 : July 6,7
2014 : July 24,25
It has about 50 monks in residence.
A young monk
The monastery was founded by Lama Chosje Danma Kunga Dagspa under the sponsorship of King Tashi Namgyal.
The Phyang Festival has sacred dance-dramas or ‘Chhams’ that form the core part of the festival.
Leading the dancers into the arena
The music involves chanting of recitations from sacred texts.
The dances typically narrate a story of a fight between good and evil, ending with the eventual victory of the former.
Monk dancing to the rhythm of the music