|The most attractive feature of the landscape of India
are the Buddhist Gompas. These aesthetically pleasing and architecturally
interesting gompas provide the focus for the faith of the highly religious
Buddhist people. They are the places of worship, isolated meditation
and religious instructions for the young. Beautiful paintings of the
Buddha, Boddhisatvas, Dishapals, Dharmchakras and Mandals adorn the
walls and the inner chambers of these exclusive gompas.
Hemis is the biggest Gompa of Ladakh, was established by king Singe
Namgyal in the 17th century. It is famous for its magnificent summer
festival, which the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava.
The annual festival celebration held at the Gompas are a colorful
sight with masked dances and religious ceremonies drawing both pilgrims
and tourists in large numbers.