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Dhangkhar Monastery

Conserving the gateway to a celestial experience – Dhangkhar Monastery

 Estimated Cost: First Milestone – Rs. 2, 00, 000 (Rupees Two Lac): USD equivalent:

Received – 50, 000

Dhangkhar Monastery is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in the trans-himalyan desert in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. This Monastery is situated on a cliff between Kaza and Tabo and was part of the traditional capital of the Spiti Valley Kingdom.

The monastery was built as a fort monastery over 1000 years ago, amidst cold winds and temperatures plummeting to minus 50 degrees by painters, sculptors, artisans and artists of this region who are reported to have worked passionately under the guidance of the great Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo (958-1055A.D.). They toiled day and night, adding a celestial dimension to the monastery which can be felt even today. The monastery is built on a 1000-foot (300-metre) high spur overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin Rivers. It is indeed one of the world's most spectacular settings for a gompa.

In 2006, World Monuments Fund selected Dhangkhar gompa as one of the 100 most endangered sites in the world.

View of Dangkhar settlement, the ancient capital of Spiti. Photo: D722/30 photo 1119/5 0009 © British Library Board.

Some efforts in the past have been made to conserve it but more needs to be done.

We visited this magical monastery in 2016 and it awakened our mind to a different reality for which we will always remain grateful. Ever since we have been walking the path of our dreams. We believe that it is monuments such as these that represent the limitlessness of the human mind, heart and soul. The monuments have been designed by our ancestors, who lived with far more wisdom than us, to serve as experiences which have the innate ability to invoke the best within a person who visits them with an open mind and heart. 

Dhangkhar Monastery is an experience that must be preserved for the generations to come as it is an ancient aide that has the ability to help take the human consciousness to unchartered territories in pursuits of the mind and material.

Process

First Milestone : In June 2019, we will start doing ground work with the help of Ecosphere an NGO that has been working in the Spiti region since a long time. It is also known to have done substantial work towards conserving Dhangkhar Monastry in the past. We will collaborate with Ecosphere, the local community and global organizations in making this dream to conserve Dhangkhar Monastary come true. 

Would you be willing to avail our services for conserving Dhangkhar for the generations to come?

 

Estimated Cost: First Milestone – Rs. 2, 00, 000 (Rupees Two Lac): USD equivalent: