Photographer's Note

This photo has taken in the grounds of the Monastery at Pedong. It was late in the afternoon and we had low light as the monastery is situated well down the valley. It was probably the time for the young Lamas to excercise their soccer skills. I captured one exciting moment here, all the lamas eagerly look up as the ball balloons in the air.

This is an uncropped image, and I had kept the lone goalkeeper at the bottom of the frame.

The monastery is considered especially holy by the Bhutanese Buddhists who visit Pedong in large numbers. The monastery was constructed by the Bhutan's king in 1873. The Monastery showcases large number of very old paintings.

Pedong Monastery also hosts an annual mela (festival) in April in which monks dress up in costume for a masked dance in honor of Padma Sambhava or Guru Rinpoche, the legendary saint who is said to have visited the area on his way to promulgating Buddhism in Tibet, and a traditional archery competition is also organized.

The adjoining lands belong to the monastery. The green paddy field around are indeed a treat to the eyes.

More on Pedong here.

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