Yuru Kabgyat Festival of Leh
The Yuru Kabgyat is a famous festival of Lamayuru or Yuru Monastery located 127 kilometers from Leh. It is also known as the Lamayuru festival and celebrated with tremendous zeal and enthusiasm and is attended by numerous people from India and abroad. The Buddhists come from various countries like Japan, Tibet, Korea, and China to attend this festival. During the festival, colorfully dressed Buddhist Monks perform the mask dance drama.
Significance of the Yuru Kabgyat at Leh in Jammu
It is believed that this festival somehow belongs to the Yama and Padmasambhava who are methodically described in the dance drama. Yama is considered to the lord of death and Padmasambhava as the second Buddhist after Buddha. It is believed that he is a protector of the creatures and stallions.
Highlights of Yuru Kabgyat Festival
- The Yuru Kabgyat Festival has cultural significance as it is celebrated at the pre-historic Lamayuru monastery in Ladakh.
- Enjoy sounds from the gigantic pipe reverberate many times during the entire festival.
- Prayer wheels are also a major highlight of the Yuru Kabgyat Festival.
- Dance and Drama performed by Buddhist mask dancers to please the deities to keep away the evil spirits and disasters.
- Prayer wheels
- Get insights about Buddhism and its culture.
Celebrations of the Yuru Kabgyat (Lamayuru ) Festival
It is believed that Chham Dance was first performed dates back in the 8th century. Participation by the Lamas from various countries and the nearby gompas of Leh and Ladakh make the masked dance drama an amazing experience. During the performance of Cham, dance monks dance in circular motions along with huge masks on their faces. Circular movements are often accompanied by drum beats, long pipes, and cymbals.
Yuru Kabgyat or Lamayuru Festival Date 2019
29th July 2019 to 30th July 2019