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Dhankar Monastery






     State : Himachal Pradesh

     City : Kaza
Dhankar Monastery


Dhankar Monastery is a Buddhist monastery located in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Built nearly one thousand years ago, the monastery serves the eastern part of central Spiti. Dhankar is a big village and was the capital of the Spiti Kingdom in the 17th century. There are about 100 Lamas in Dhankar Monastery, in position of Buddhist scriptures in Bhoti language.

Dhankar monastery belongs to the Gelugspa School of order. The monastery pays homage to 150 monks. There is also a collection of various crumbling 'thangka' sculptures in the monastery. In monastery there is a statue of Vairochana (Dhayan Buddha). Comprising of 4 complete figures seated back-to-back, it has relics in the form of paintings and sculptures.