The Likir monastery is one of the oldest amongst all the monasteries in the Ladakh region. The monastery is situated on a hill, 62 kms west of Leh near the River Indus and near to the Saspol village. The name Likir or LIkir Gompa, means 'the Naga encircled', which basically refers to the bodies of the Naga kings as well as serpents, Taksako and Nanda. This cult believes that snakes are divine spirits of the underworld and even guard the concealed teachings and hidden treasures.
One can see a 75 feet tall large seated statue of Maitreya Buddha, which is gilded in gold. The statue of this monastery was placed here in the year 1999. However it is believed that the monastery itself was built in the year 1065 by the fifth monarch of Ladakh, Lhachen Gyalpo. This monastery belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism, which is prominent for their Yellow Hat. Then monastery is also treated as the official seat of Ngari Ringpoche.
One can see the two assembly halls, known as dukhang and in the other assembly hall one can see the statues of Maitreya, Sakyamuni, and Tsong Khapa. These three were the founders of the Gelugpa or Geluk or sect, along with the statue of Bodhisattva.
|Entry Fee||Rs.5 - 10 per person (entry fee for the library)|
|Timings||All days of the week 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||2 to 3 hours|