Guru Ghantal Buddhist Monastery in Himachal Pradesh, India

Guru Ghantal

Guru Padmasambhava himself was the founder of this monastery, located on a hill in the district of Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.

Over 800 years old and made of wood, the monastery hosts a towering image of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, and idols of Guru Padmasambhava along with other lamas.

Guru Ghantal Buddhist Monastery is now connected with the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism

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Strangely enough, inside the innermost chamber there sits an idol of the Hindu Goddess Vajreswari which is similar to Goddess Kali, has lent weight to the claim that this was the site of a temple before the monastery came into being.

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