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This article provides information about the Stongdey Monastery of Ladakh. Check out the Stongde Gompa of Leh Ladakh, India.

Stongdey Monastery

Location: Approximately 18 km to the north of Padum
Belongs To: Tsongkhapa Order
Founded By: Lama Lhodak Marpa Choski Lodos
Founded In: 1052
Highlights: Second Largest Monastic Institution in Zanskar
Festivals: Gustor Festival

Stongdey Monastery of Ladakh is considered to be the second largest monastic institution in the Zanskar region. It is situated on the road to Zangla, at a distance of approximately 18 km to the north of Padum. The Stongde Gompa of Leh Ladakh serves as the residence of approximately 60 monks. Founded in the year 1052 by Lama Lhodak Marpa Choski Lodos, the monastery comes under the Tsongkhapa Order. The incumbents serving at Stongdey are the successive reincarnations of Nari Tulku.

The main prosperity of the Stongdey Monastery came under the influence of Shakya Zangpo, of Stongdey itself. There are a number of beautiful temples situated inside the complex of the monastery. Another major attraction of the monastery consists of the gorgeous wall paintings adorning its interiors. Stongde also serves as the venue of Gustor festival, an annual festival that takes place on the 28th and 29th day in the eleventh month of the Tibetan calendar. On the day of the festival, the monks perform the sacred dance in the monastery.

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