Matho Nagrang Festival: The Joy of Colours
Matho Narang Festival is one of the most awaited festivals in Ladakh which is also known as the festival of Oracles.
Situated in Ladakh, Matho monastery was founded in 1410 century by Lama Dugpa Dorje. Most of its buildings have vanished but a new assembly hall was built in 2005. Holding a beautiful charisma, the building is full of colourful paintings and a big statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. A small chapel can be noticed on the top of the building, containing paintings of Sakya Lamas.
How Matho Nagrang Festival is celebrated?
This colourful festival is celebrated inside the Matho Monastery with so many folk dance performances given by locals wearing colourful dresses and designed masks. The outstanding performances continue for two days.
While the wonderful performances monks used to give answers to the questions of individuals. Future prospects are placed in front of locals a conclusive discussion happens for the development of the culture and the monastery. It is held in the Matho monastery and undoubtedly one of the most colourful festivals of the monastery.
The major highlight of the festival is the two oracles comes after a full month meditation in order to perform some dangerous stunts in complete isolation. There are so many people come here to take advice from oracles and performs specific rituals in order to get rid of unpleasant happenings in their lives.
When is it celebrated?
The festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first month of the Tibetan Calendar. This festival in Ladakh is celebrated at the Matho Monastery as it is the only monastery belongs to the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism.
Matho monastery is located 26 km south of beautiful Leh in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. Look and design of this monastery is completely taken from the Sakya monastery in Tibet. The Matho Nagrang festival is being celebrated here from last 600 years.
Where to Stay?
From the budget-friendly to the luxurious hotels, there are so many options you can choose from.
How to reach there?
Flight is the option that can be taken from Delhi to Leh. Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the nearest to approach. You can hire taxis outside the airport.
Private & roadways buses are available from Srinagar and Manali. Choosing Srinagar will take you through Zoji La Pass to reach Ladakh. And approaching from Manali will pass you through Rohtang Pass. The personal vehicle can also be an option to reach Ladakh via Rohtang Pass.
Note: Srinagar Path is open from June – October
Here, the train is the most inconvenient way to reach Ladakh for tourists as the nearest station – Tawi is 700 km away from Ladakh. It will take around 3 days to reach to the tough terrains of Ladakh from this station.
Note: Don’t forget to take some food items along as you will be run out of options after reaching this place in Ladakh. However, some of the food options can be availed there but it is recommended to have your food along with you.
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