On Next Ladakh Trip, Make A Pitstop At Mulbekh Monastery And Admire The 30-Ft Tall Buddha Statue

by Tejashee Kashyap
On Next Ladakh Trip, Make A Pitstop At Mulbekh Monastery And Admire The 30-Ft Tall Buddha Statue

Nestled amidst the rugged landscapes of the majestic Ladakh region in northern India, the Mulbekh Monastery stands as a testament to the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of the region. The monastery has become a cherished destination for spiritual seekers and history enthusiasts alike.

Mulbekh Monastery Is An Architectural Grandeur

Perched on a cliffside at an altitude of over 3,800 meters, this ancient Buddhist monastery has captivated the hearts and minds of visitors for centuries. The origins of Mulbekh Monastery can be traced back to the 8th century.

Its name, ‘Mulbekh’ is derived from the Ladakhi word, ‘Mul’ which means ‘nearby,’ and ‘Bekh’ meaning ‘a confluence’. The name aptly describes the monastery’s location at the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers, adding to its natural splendour and significance.

Apart from its architectural grandeur, Mulbekh Monastery holds immense religious significance for the local Ladakhi population. It serves as a centre for religious rituals, meditation, and the dissemination of Buddhist teachings. The resident monks diligently carry out their spiritual practices and engage in the preservation of ancient scriptures and artefacts.

For travellers, a visit to Mulbekh Monastery provides a unique opportunity to delve into the cultural tapestry of Ladakh. Presently, it has gained popularity as a tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world.

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Inside Mulbekh Monastery

One of the most striking features of Mulbekh Monastery is its architectural marvel, which seamlessly blends Tibetan and Central Asian influences. The monastery consists of two separate gompas (monastic complexes) known as the Drukpa and the Gelugpa.

The Drukpa complex, built in the early 17th century, houses an assembly hall adorned with vibrant murals depicting the life and teachings of the Buddha. The Gelugpa complex, on the other hand, dates back to the 15th century and showcases a remarkable statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha, standing tall at a staggering height of nine meters.

The statue of Maitreya is undoubtedly the highlight of Mulbekh Monastery. Carved out of solid rock, this imposing figure is an awe-inspiring sight to behold. The 30-ft Buddha statue exudes a sense of tranquillity and spiritual transcendence. You can even witness ancient inscriptions close to the statue.

Surrounded by towering mountains, deep valleys, and gushing rivers, the monastery offers breathtaking panoramic views that leave visitors spellbound.

Where: NH 1D, Ladakh
When: 7.30 am – 9.30 pm

Cover image credits: Wikimedia Commons