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7 Secrets Of The Phugtal Monastery

June 28, 2016
Phugtal Monastery

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery ~ Anas Nin

Located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh looks like it’s straight from a storybook. The brown mountains, green pastures, infinite landscape and surreal beauty of this haven will sweep you off your feet.The aura is mysterious and evokes a sense of tranquility. A popular retreat, Ladakh is a photographer’s paradise. It tops the bucket list of every travel enthusiast, don’t you agree? So, charge your camera and book your flight tickets to explore this mystical destination. One of the hidden gem of Ladakh is the Phugtal Monastery. Take a look at some of the secrets of this monastery.

1. Nestled on the hill at Lungnak Valley, Phugtal Monastery is constructed around a natural cave.



2. It is also called Phuktal or Phukthar Monastery which means the cave of leisure or liberation. Phuk means cave, Thal means at leisure and Thar means liberation according to Zangskari dialect of the Tibetic languages.



3. The monastery is home to a temple, a library with sacred texts, a kitchen, teaching facilities, prayer rooms, living quarters, sacred spring and monks.


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4. Several years ago, when the monastery wasn’t built - this cave was the spiritual abode for the sages and Buddhist monks.



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5. The monastery resembles a giant honeycomb from far



6. The frescoed walls and splendid architecture of this monastery is simply breathtaking

7. During 1826-1827, Alexander Csoma de Kőrös, a Hungarian philologist stayed here and authored the first English-Tibetan dictionary. In his memory, this place now houses a stone tablet.


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Author : Vijaylaxmi Thakur