About Tabo Buddhist Monastery
Nestled in the Spiti Valley, the Tabo Monastery is a Buddhist monastery that was first designed to keep alive the Buddhist legacy through learning centres. While the monastery boasts of 9 temples along with exclusive chambers for the monks and the nuns, its construction belongs to two starkly different eras.
The Temple of the Enlightened Gods, The Golden Temple, the Mystic Mandala Temple or the Initiation Temple, the Bodhisattva Maitreya Temple, and the Temple of Dromton belong to the older construction. The Chamber of Picture Treasures, the Large Temple of Dromton, the Mahakala Vajra Bhairava Temple, and the White Temple were constructed later.
These temples are home to a rare collection of thangkas, manuscripts, frescos and impeccable statues in stuccos. They also house picturesque paintings from the Mahayana Buddhist Pantheon, the life of Buddha and a few intricate cave paintings as well.
Built on a plain spanning an area of 6300 square meters in the Tabo village, the location is a real boon, as tourists can find accommodations really close to the monastery. The monastery has fort-like strong walls and also comprises of residential areas for chortens, monks and nuns. A flock of children from the age of 8 to 14 years study in schools runs by the monastery.
Outstanding Universal Value
Popularly known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas, the Tabo Monastery was founded in 996 A.D. As per the Tibetan Calendar; it has been established in the Fire Ape year by Yeshe-Ö, the reigning Buddhist king of the western Himalayan Kingdom of Guge back then.
The royal priest Jangchub O'd the grandnephew of Yeshe-Ö brought new life to the monastery by renovating it 46 years later. The royal dynasty was influential in the political, religious and economic institutions that belong to Tibet. The walls of the monastery bear witness to their great works. Post its restoration after an earthquake, the 14th Dalai Lama visited the monastery and inaugurated the Kalachakra Festival.