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Two-day long annual Hemis festival of Ladakh

Jun 26, 2015 13:13 IST

Two-day long annual Hemis festival dedicated to the Guru Padmasambhava began on 26 June 2015 in largest monastery of Ladakh Hemis Gompa (monastery) of Jammu and Kashmir.

Hemis festival is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. During this festive season, Lamas called 'chhams,' perform masked dances and sacred plays to the accompaniment of cymbals, drums and long horns. The head lama presides over the function.

The festival takes an auspicious turn every 12 years in the Tibetan Year of the Monkey, when the two-storey high Thanka depicting Padmasambhava is displayed.

List of festivals of Ladakh and venue for celebrations

Name of Festival


Spituk Gustor



Leh & Likir Monastery

Yargon Tungshak

Nubra (Yarma)

Stok Guru Tsechu

Stok Monastery

Matho Nagrang

Matho Monastery

Saka Dawa

All over Ladakh

Yuru Kabgyat

Lamayuru Monastery

Hemis Tsechu

Hemis Monastery

Stongday Gustor


Karsha Gustor


Phyang Tsesdup

Phyang Monastery

Sachukul Gustor

Sachukul Monastery

Korzok Gustor


Dakthok Tseschu

Dak thok Monastery

Sani Nasjal


Deskit Gustor


Thiksay Gustor


Chemday Wangchok / Padum

Chemray Monastery

Galden Namchot

All over Ladakh

Ladakhi Losar

All over Ladakh

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