INDIA FESTIVAL HEMIS FESTIVAL
Hemis Festival : History
According to legend, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism,
Guru Padmasambhava fought with fiends for the safety of the local people.
Marking the victory of good over the evil, monks perform the sacred mask
dances. When these performances come to an end, an idol made of dough is
destroyed by the leader of black hat dancers. The destroyed pieces of the
figure are then spread in four directions.
Other major attraction of the Hemis festival includes
a colourful fair displaying some of the most exquisite handicrafts of the
Ladakh region. However, what takes the cake is the display of the two-story
high ' Thanka' of the monastery. The Thanka is beautifully embroidered with
pearls and semi-precious stones, and depicts Guru Padmasambhava. It is put on
display only once in twelve years and one has to wait for a long time to have
a glimpse of the Thanka.
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