STORY: A two-day annual Buddhist festival began on a grand note in one of the most ancient monasteries in India’s northern Leh district on Tuesday (June 12).
As part of the festival, monks, dressed in colourful traditional costumes, perform sacred dances and rituals wearing masks representing the guardian deities.
A Buddhist monk said that dance was a form of meditation.
Nestled in the Himalayas and home to over 150 monks, Lamayuru Monastery is one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in India. It was built by Indian Buddhist scholar Mahasiddhacharya Naropa in the 11th century.