Lamayuru Monastery which is also known by the name “Yuru” monastery. It is the Tibetan Buddhist monastery which is situated in Lamayouro Leh district in India. It is considered as one of the largest and oldest monasteries found in the region of Ladakh. It is at a height of 3,510 metres which is approximately 11,520 ft. The most safest and easiest route is to reach through the Srinagar-Leh highway.
Every place has it’s own rich and cultural importance of heritage and so does the history of Lamayuru. The history of Lamayuru goes back to the date when the Drikung history states that the Indian scholar Naropa (956-1041 CE) allegedly caused a lake which filled the valley to dry up and founded Lamayuru Monastery. The oldest surviving building at Lamayuru is a temple called Seng-ge-sgang, at the southern end of the Lamayuru rock, which is attributed to the famous builder-monk Rinchen Zangpo (958-1055 CE). Rinchen Zangpo was granted by the king of Ladakh to build 108 gompas, and certainly many gompas in Ladakh, Spiti Valley and the surrounding regions. Lamayuru is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh, with a population of around 150 permanent monks resident. It has, in the past, housed up to 400 monks, many of which are now based in gompas in surrounding villages..
Lamayuru majorly celebrates two festivals in the 2nd and the 5th month of the Tibetan lunar calendar as YuruKabgyat and Hemis Tse Chu. YuruKabgyat is also known as the mask festival as the monks wear different masks during the festive. It is worth visiting while you’re in Lamayuru. The best to visit this place is from the month of April to June wherein the roads are clear.
Originally, the monastery had five buildings, though now only the central building exists. Even after losing much of its valour, it still remains a favourite jaunt for photographers and inquisitive travellers.
People among the village are very kind and joyful, the time when tourists visit they also offer them to have tea at their house.
The architecture of this gompa is similar to other Tibetan Buddhism shrines, which comprise several buildings dedicated to Lord Buddha and other deities. Inside the main hall, visitors can see beautiful thangkas (embroidered silk paintings). Caves and rooms have been formed in the mountains, where Tibetan butter lamps and exquisite carpets are preserved.
Nowadays, it is also preferred by many of the tourists that while visiting Lamayuru they also trip to Sham Valley from Leh.