Monastic Festivals of India

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

After being ticked off by Hemis Festival (2014), I did an online research and put up this list of lesser known monastic festivals where you can see Chham dances without having to reserve place or getting insulted. These monasteries might not be as wealthy as Hemis Monastery, but you will get a heartwarming treatment there. Here you go -

Name of Festival
Monastery
Month
LADAKH
Spituk Gustor
Spituk Monastery
January
Gustor
Phuktal Monastery (Zanskar)
January
Dosmoche
Leh/Likir Monastery/Diskit Monastery
February
Yargon Tungshak
Yarma gonbo monastery (Nubra Valley)
February/March
Guru Tse-Chu
Stok Monastery
February/March
Matho Nagrang
Matho Monastery
March
Yuru-Kabgyat
Lamayuru Monastery
June
Shachukul Gustor
Shachukul Monastery
June/July
Karsha Gustor
Karsha Monastery (Zanskar)
July
Phyang Tsedup
Phyang Monastery
July/August
Korzok Gustor
Korzok Monastery (Tso Moriri)
July
Deskit Gustor
Diskit Monastery
October/November
Thiksey Gustor
Thiksey Monastery
October/November
LAHAUL & SPITI
Ki Chham
Ki Monastery (Spiti)
June/July
Chham
Shashur Monastery (Lahaul)
June/July
Chakar festival (Every 3 yrs)
Tabo Monastery (Spiti)
September/October
Guktor festival
Dhankar Monastery (Spiti)
November
SIKKIM
Winter chham/Kagyed dance
Rumtek Monastery
December
Drupchen Chham (Every 2 yrs)
Rumtek Monastery
June
Pang Lhabsol
Ralang Monastery
September
Detor Cham
Enchey Monastery
January
Gutor Chham
Ralang Monastery
December
Arunachal Pradesh
Torgya Festival
Tawang Monastery
January
Bomdila Festival
Bomdila Monastery
October/November

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