Spituk Gustor Festival is a celebration of peace and prosperity. It is celebrated at the Spituk Monastery which is located in Leh District in Leh and Ladakh Union Territory. The same day, the Geluk Pa Order of Tibetan Buddism founded by Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) is also commemorated. The annual festival is a winter celebration that aims at increasing brotherhood and friendship among believers.
It is a two-day festival that is observed during the 28th and 29th days of the 11th month of the Tibetan Calendar. To celebrate this festival, the serene Spituk Monastery gets crowded with visitors from all over the world.
Although the history of the Spituk Gustor Festival might not be traceable, it is said that Buddhism in India flourished during the reign of The Great King Ashka in 200 BC. About Spituk Monastery, it was founded by Od-de, who was the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od, when he came for Maryul visit in the 11th century.
After that, a translator named Lochen Rinchen Zangpo visited the place and named it 'Spituk' which means 'Exemplary'. Lochen Rinchen Zangpo aka Mahaguru was a translator of Sanskrit Buddhist Texts during the second diffusion of Buddhism in Tibet. It is believed that he had built several monasteries or Gompas.
The charm and enthusiasm of the Spituk Gustor Festival can be felt way before it is observed. The prayers and worship start 7 days before the day of the festival.
It is the famous dance of Ladakh that is performed in almost every Ladakh festival. Spituk Monastery also enjoys this dramatic dance form. In Cham Dance, Lamas wear animal masks (made from paper and clay) and beautiful spiky headgears which are usually in yellow color. The Cham Dance represents a drama that is based on the victory of good over evil. It is believed that the mask dance existed since the 8th century AD in Ladakh. It is performed in several ways including pair dancing, group dancing, solo dancing, etc.
Cham Dance is supported by beautiful and melodious music and tunes of longhorns, cymbals, conch shells, bells, and many other instruments.
The festival witnesses a number of monks across the world that includes Stok, Sankar, Saboo, and Spituk congregate at the monastery.
The festival ends with the burning of evil effigies that represents the ultimate exister is good, not evil.
India is famous across the world for its incredible diversity. Vibrant festivals, interesting cultures, diverse lifestyles have made India a one of a kind country. Spituk Gustor is a festival held at Ladakh. This annual festival takes place at the Spituk monastery. It is held in the 11th month of the Tibetan calendar. The festival happens as a symbol of the victory of good over evil. The prayers start 7 days before the festival, and local dances are performed for two days during the festival. If you love to explore different cultural programs and festivals from all over the world, you will love to see the SpitukGustor festival. We are providing the details of the routes to reach there. You can choose any of them according to your budget and preferences.
It occurs at Spituk Monastery, which is located at a distance of 8 km from Leh. Also, it is located at a distance of 3.4 km from Leh airport. There are several ways to reach Leh. You need to cover a distance of 1006 km, 2523 km, 3168 km, and 2577 km from Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Hyderabad, respectively, to reach Leh.
By Air. Leh has its airport. It is connected with major cities from the rest of India. As the monastery is only 3.4 km away from the airport, you can take a cab to reach there.
By Train. Pathankot, Chandigarh, and Kalka are Leh's nearest railway stations. These are important railway stations in India. They are connected with major Indian cities. You can board trains from cities like Howrah, Delhi, or Mumbai to either of these stations and hire a cab to reach Leh.
By Road. Bikers love to go to Leh and Ladakh by bike. It is one of the most popular routes and ways to reach Ladakh. Due to this reason, the roads of Ladakh and Leh are well-maintained. However, the Manali-Leh road is one of the finest roads in India. You can board buses from Manali, Kargil, or Srinagar.
Remember, the festival takes place on 22nd And 23rd January. At that time, the weather is too cold at Leh and Ladakh. So, carry protective clothes with you
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