Stongday Monastery in KargilIn the region famously known for its ancient monastic establishments, you can discover the roots of Buddhism with an intriguing journey. In Kargil district, there are many significant monasteries established as early as during 10th -11th Century. Stonday is the second largest monastery of this region. It is also spelled as Stongde, Tonday, Thonde, and Stongdey. It is situated 18 km away from Padum towards its north leading to Zangla.
It is wonderful place to visit while you plan a trip to Zanskar region. It was established in 1052 CE by Lama Marpa Choski Lodos, who was the disciple of famous Indian scholar Naropa. Approximately, four centuries after its establishment, Stongdey monastery was taken over by Gelugpa. The monastery was, then, dedicated to Je Tsongkhapa order.
About Stongday Monastery in KargilThis beautiful monastery is located on the top of a hill. From its height, you can relish magnificent views of the valley and the village looking like an oasis below. You can take a trek of three hours to reach this Marpaling near Padum. The monastery houses around 60 monks. It comprises of seven temples ornamented beautifully with wall paintings. Tshog Khang of this Stongday is festooned with intricate paintings. Some of these paintings deities highlighted with golden outline on the black background. The interiors of all the temples and entire gompa are beautified by such paintings.
As per its history, this monastery prospered largely under Shakya Zangpo who belonged to Stongday village. It is said that the office bearers serving this monastery represent the re-embodiment of Nari Tulku. Its Gon Khang or temple of Guardian deities is its major attraction.