Photographer's Note

Located at a distance of approximately 62 km to the west of Leh, the Likir Monastery dates back to the year 1065. It was during the reign of the fifth king of Ladakh, Lhachen Gyalpo, that Lama Duwang Chosje was offered land for building a monastery. A great champion of meditation, the Lama blessed the site and the monastery was built. The name Likir means "The Naga - Encircled". The Likir Gompa at Ladakh was so named, as it stands encircled by the bodies of the two great serpent spirits, the Naga-rajas, Nanda and Taksako.

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Additional Photos by Tina Munk (tinamunk3) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 325 W: 88 N: 449] (6408)
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