Buddhist Festivals are the days for joy and celebration commemorating some
significant events related to lord Buddha. Apart from religious
significance, Buddhist Festivals also imparts an opportunity for the people
to meet and meditate in local temple or monastery.
In true essence of Buddhism, the hemis festival is dedicated to Lord
Padmasambhava (Gur Rimpoche) venerated as the representative reincarnate of
Buddha. He is believed to have been born on the 10th day of the fifth month
of the Monkey year as predicted by the "Shakia Muni Buddha". It is
also believed that his life mission was, and remains, to improve the
spiritual condition of all living beings.
And so on this day, which comes once in a cycle of 12 years, Hemis observes
a major extravaganza in his memory. The observance of these sacred rituals
is believed to give spiritual strength and good health.
The Hemis festival takes place in the rectangular courtyard in front of the
main door of the monastery. The space is wide and open save two raised
square platforms, three feet high with a sacred pole in the center. A raised
dias with a richly cushioned seat with a finely painted small Tibetan table
is placed with the ceremonial items - cups full of holy water, uncooked
rice, tormas made of dough and butter and incense sticks. A number of
musicians play the traditional music with four pairs of cymbals, large-pan
drums, small trumpets and large size wind instruments. Next to them, a small
space is assigned for the lamas to sit.
The ceremonies begin with an early morning ritual atop the Gompa where, to
the beat of drums and the resounding clash of cymbals and the spiritual wail
of pipes, the portrait of "Dadmokarpo" or "Rygyalsras
Rimpoche" is then ceremoniously put on display for all to admire and
The most esoteric of festivities are the mystic mask dances. The Mask
Dances of Ladakh are referred collectively as chams Performance. Chams
performance is essentially a part of Tantric tradition, performed only in
those gompas which follow the Tantric vajrayana teachings and the monks
perform tantric worship.
Duration: 08 Nights / 09 Days
Places to visit: Kargil, Lamayuru, Drass, Srinagar, Shergol,
Mulbekh, Alchi , Likir, and Hemis, Shey Palace, Tsomoriri lake/ Pangong
Tours Id : SH - 023
Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Places to visit: Delhi, Manali, Keylong, Hemis, Pangong Lake,
Tso Moriri Lake, Thiksey, Shey palace, Sankar gompa, Lamayuru, Likir,
Tours Id : SH - 024