"Bales of hay on legs and Kashmiri style Buddha" Alchi Gompa Things to Do Tip by Beefy_SAFC

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  Bales of hay on legs and Kashmiri style Buddha
by Beefy_SAFC

No, they are not bales of hay with their own legs - they are people carrying bales of hay through the Alchi countryside!!!

Now that's straightened out, on the right is a Kashmiri-style Buddha - this is the Maitreya or Future Buddha (Buddha to come). This three story Buddha is one of the few surviving examples of it's kind, as most like it were destroyed during the 14th Century. In 1341, Kashmir was invaded and forcibly converted to Islam - only the remoteness of this gompa (in Ladakh rather than Kashmir) saved it from a similar fate.

In Alchi, it's advised to concentrate on the Du-Khang and the Sumstek Gompas if briefly passing through.

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  • Written Oct 29, 2007
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