Spinning 150 Million Mantras at the Chokhang Vihara Gompa
Old Man spinning the Prayer Wheels at the Chokhang Vihara Gompa in Leh

Spinning 150 Million Mantras at the Chokhang Vihara Gompa

The Chokhang Vihara Gompa is one of the most interesting buildings in down town Leh. Stepping through the gate into the large courtyard is almost like stepping into another city. It is quieter and peaceful here as outside on the busy Main Bazaar. Since we where there when there was big construction on the street if was even worse with noise and dust. There is a small library in one corner and some shade under the big tree where you can sit and relax for a bit. The Gompa was built in 1956 to celebrate Buddha’s 2500th birthday.
There are 89 prayer wheels round the Gompa and they contain more than 150.000.000 mantras! The Dalai Lama was over there to inaugurate and consecrate them in 1980. According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition spinning such a wheel will have much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the prayers which is very convenient for everybody. Imagine how much time you would need to recite all of the 150 Million prayers! Spinning the wheel accumulates wisdom and merit – the good karma – and purifies negativity – the bad karma. And so we did our round – before we entered the Gompa.

Old man spinning the Prayer Wheel at the Chokhang Vihara Gompa, Leh, Ladakh, India

Chokhang Vihara, Leh, Ladakh, India

Chokhang Vihara, Leh, Ladakh, India

Chokhang Vihara, Leh, Ladakh, India
Who needs a balcony if you have all that iron in front of the window?

Chokhang Vihara, Leh, Ladakh, India

Chokhang Vihara, Leh, Ladakh, India

Chokhang Vihara, Leh, Ladakh, India
Incense in front of the Gompa entrance

Chokhang Vihara, Leh, Ladakh, India

Chokhang Vihara, Leh, Ladakh, India
Not quite sure what he pays for – but it looks a bit like a shop. But it is not a shop…

Chokhang Vihara, Leh, Ladakh, India
After that i had to try these cookies as well – there are not too bad. But one time was enough.

Chokhang Vihara, Leh, Ladakh, India

Chokhang Vihara, Leh, Ladakh, India
Like father – like son…

Picture of the Dalai Lama at the Chokhang Vihara Gompa, Leh, Ladakh, India
A happy man…

Old man inside the Chokhang Vihara Gompa
Another happy man…

Marc Hastenteufel

I like to travel and i like to snap pictures! My mother got me a Eurorail ticket when i was 15 and together with 2 friends we adventured into France. This was the beginning of a new addiction. I do like to take pictures so one thing leads to another and on this site i want to share some of my pictures and some of my trips with you! Now i am on the road for more than 6 months every year. Visiting old friends and making new friends while exploring this big blue ball.

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