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Mulbekh Monastery, Kargil

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Mulbekh Monastery or Mulbekh Gompa is said to consist of two gompas, one Drukpa and one Gelugpa Buddhist monastery in the Zanskar region in the state of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir in northern India.DescriptionThe double gompas are dramatically situated at the very top of a crag 200 metres (656 ft) above the road. They were connected with the nearby palace of Rajah kalon of Mulbekh below. They may be reached by a steep footpath winding up from behind.The altitude of the town at the foot of the crag is given as 3,304 m. (10,839 ft), which makes the altitude of the gompas 3,504 m. (11,495 ft). Its population is given as 5,730.Chamba Statue and InscriptionsJust a kilometre beyond Mulbekh town heading toward Leh, is the famous Chamba Statue, a striking enormous figure carved into the rock face on the right hand side of the road. It pictures a standing Maitreya Buddha or Buddha-to-come overlooking the old trade route and modern highway. Some people believe it dates to the Kushan period in the early centuries CE. Modern scholars date it as being from around the eighth century. Unfortunately, the lower part of the statue is partly obscured by a small temple built in 1975.Nearby are some ancient inscriptions written in Kharosthi script. There is also an edict issued to the local people to discontinue sacrificing goats by King Lde, who ruled western Ladakh c. 1400 CE, while his younger brother, Dragspa, ruled the rest.
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  • Mulbekh Monastery is very clean and it is good to visit to see many scripture. Scriptures were on big stone and looks beautiful.  more »
  • It's a 'blink and you'll miss it' attraction so please keep your eyes peeled while driving from leh to kargil. A small monastery with a mind boggling carving...it is a an amazing place to stop and won...  more »
  • The 27 foot Buddha Maitrya is one of the three rare Buddha rock sculptures in the district Kargil which probably dates back to around 6th century era. The statue reminds us of how Buddhist preachers t...  more »