Sakya Tenggyu Monastery of Kaza :
Newly built in 2009, the Kaza Monastery wows tourists through crisp Buddhist architecture. Vibrant paint highlights the painstaking detail throughout the polished construction. And stamped decorative brass door hinges are just a sample of the ornate finishes which amaze and inspire those who visit.
Kaza Gompa (Monastery) is one of the two Sa-kya-pa Buddhist sect monasteries in Spiti. In fact its a part of the other monastery located at Komik.
Little information can be ascertained about the history or relevance of Sakya Tenggyu Monastery (Aka. Sakya Tangyud, Sayka Kaza Monastery, Kaza Tenggyu, or Sakya Monastery) other than it is believed to be one of 108 temples and monasteries built by the renowned Buddhist scholar-translator Lochen Rinchen Sangpo. Further proof surfaced in artifacts and fragments of statues of four Buddhist Guardian Deities found as the former monastery was cleared and a base for the new monastery was dug. They are identical to the statues of Tabo Monastery, which is also believed to have been founded by Lochen Rinchen Sangpo around the year 996.
The newer building which greets visitors today stands where the former monastery, known as Tenggyud Lhundrup Choekhor Ling, existed for 35 years. And just as its predecessor, Sayka Kaza Monastery remains connected to the old monastery building above. His Holiness the Dalai Lama inaugurated the new Sakya Tenggyu monastery on July 9, 2009.
Inside the monastery – a low rhythmic hum as the monks & novices read their prayers. Two monks sat in the corner with Dung Chens (dung chen is a long collapsible metal Tibetan horn usually played in pairs) The burst of low deep throated nose from the two Dung Chens seemed to break the rhythmic hum & call out for a fresh set of prayers. Interesting as I understood, the dungchens always appear in pairs as their low, roaring call is supposed to resemble the sound of dragons mating.
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arijit_ghosh86 (795) 2011-10-11 3:03
Hi Angshu da...First of all Subho Bijoya..I have uploaded a few pics for you guys..take time and check them out.
Coming to this picture..I have heard regarding this monastic horns..early..but nice to get the details from you.
Good choice of the POV..lighting si very good too..
besnard (54819) 2011-10-11 3:44
Une bonne photo qui me rappelle des souvenirs inoubliables. Je suis passée dans un monastère au moment où les musiciens utilisaient ce genre d'instrument dans un monastère.Un grand moment.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
sacimar (26201) 2011-10-11 4:07
this is an interesting image, I like the atmosphere you captured here, light and tones help to create this special mood, well done,
yquem46 (38750) 2011-10-11 4:31
Quite a beautiful shot that I like for its intimacy and the light coming from the yellow curtains
A difficult shot in low available light but really successful
All the best
DjoleEric (0) 2011-10-11 5:01
Nice work with good top kavlitetom.
Have a nice day.
Bluejeans (64249) 2011-10-11 5:45
Bom dramatismo de foto com esta luz suave dentro deste mosteiro , muito interessante estes instrumentos musicais , bom uso da foto na vertical ,parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2011-10-11 9:50
Very interesting composition...well chosen POV... great colours ....very good management of light....beautiful composition....
Subho Bijoya.. :)
marcan44 (6299) 2011-10-11 13:53
what I really like your shot is the management of the backlight, which was not easy.
The golden light paints shadows and lights with mystic atmosphere and two horns help to give depth to the image.
Very well done
vasilpro (41091) 2011-10-11 13:58
Wonderful indoor composition, lovely light and golden color tones, beautiful color tones, excellent POV and perspective, great depth to that beautiful and interesting scene, TFS!
Warm regards, Vasilis.
pauloog (11747) 2011-10-11 14:25
The backlight and yellowish colours give a very special touch to this scene.
ChrisJ (103589) 2011-10-11 21:59
I would probably have gone for a horizontal shot here cropping just above the lower pair of diamonds at the back on the left. The upper part of the image does nothing for me. That way you have 4 pairs in a row: diamonds, men, horns, shadows. But the interesting parts of the image far outweigh any minor compo faults. Tfs!
Graal (99806) 2011-10-12 0:05
unusual interior and view of horns. Good vertical format and composition. An interesting note with links. Photo I like.
Have a nice day.
danos (89923) 2011-10-12 0:28
nice the interior view of the Sakya Tenggyu Monastery,with the huge Monastic horns to are the main attraction and the eye catcher of the image.I like the created atmosphere as the singularity of the scene.
sevy (15367) 2011-10-12 6:48
I like a lot the atmosphere shared by your shot with this soft gold tones. Moreover, with the Dung chens, we can guess the sounds and then participate as we were there.
dale54 (6707) 2011-10-12 8:42
this is nicely done,mainly the light in this is wonderfull stuff,true beauty! have a good one-angshuman! dr
Nicou (128930) 2011-10-13 2:50
fantastique compo et iamge superbe quel vue avec cette lumière intime, quelle calme cela dégage ce gros insturments, cette ambiance, fantastique.
Bravo et amitié
papagolf21 (89716) 2011-10-13 3:09
Bonjour, cher Angshu,
Excellente prise de vue, une fois de plus. La qualité de la photo et du sujet sont bien présents.
Image instructive et fort bien réalisée.
josepmarin (57885) 2011-10-13 4:44
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
an interesting cross-light in this capture, perfectly controlled, and which bathes the image with a few nice golden shades, which are combined very graphically with the monks in the semidarkness.
The big horns are very important elements in this composition, because they attract our look and lead our eyes towards the curtains and the monks in background.
The image has a soft and attractive luminosity.
A beautiful work.
pierrefonds (59820) 2011-10-13 5:08
The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Dung Chens and of the curtained windows under difficult lighting conditions which are putting the monks in the shadow. Have a nice day.
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-10-13 7:16
Hello dear Angshuman-san,
What a great image. The volume of the interior lighting is overwhelmingly beautiful. Translucency of the yellow material covering the opening is also wonderfully captured. The interior of the monastery is filed with this golden colour. And the two long horns dominate the image. Magical atmosphere of this hall, and the presence of two monks in silhouette are almost too perfect to be true. It has immediately made me very curious about the sound of the horns. Overall impression of the image is in the air, an agreeable tension, which exists between you Angshuman-san and the two monks. Silent tension is very nicely recreated in your photo. Thank you for this magical image.
With my very best regards,
Have great day, Angshuman-san
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2011-10-13 10:25
a superb composition. Like the use of light here. The perspective is looking nice with such soft light and you presented it to us with a nice POV. Framing is nicely done with the long instruments on foreground. An excellent shot indeed. Khubi sundor. Thanks for sharing.
pajaran (54556) 2011-10-13 13:01
Vrlo interesntan i dobar tekst o budistickom manastiru i njegovom tvorcu ...
Dobar snimak velikih truba i svestenika, lepa fotografija.
Dobar rad i kompozicija.
Sve najbolje sa lepim secanjem na poseti manastiru.
Very good text interesntan and the Buddhist monastery and its creator ...
Good footage of big horn and priests, beautiful images.
Good work and composition.
All the best with beautiful memories of visiting the monastery.
Fis2 (89387) 2011-10-13 13:34
Curious scene, curious climate.
Good frame and interesting colors.
nikkitta (16476) 2011-10-13 14:18
Very interesting capture amd note
I like the mysterious atmosphere created by the golden light in contrast with the red habits of the monks
Great frame, TFS
SnapRJW (31625) 2011-10-14 3:36
Hello Angshu - I intended commenting on this excellent and interesting shot the other day but it slipped my mind. The simple minimal colour and tones works really well in this shot and you have worked very proficiently with the ambient light. An inspired shot with a wonderful atmosphere. best regards Rosemary
Waylim (25368) 2011-10-14 23:59
Wow, impressive shot, I love it. Wonderful POV, the Dungchen coming at us make it seem 3D. Love the golden light through the fabric, excellent management of the low light without flash, it give the atmosphere to the setting.
Didi (58788) 2011-10-15 5:17
Quiet ambiance of peace into this temple.
Interesting backlights with a good control of the exposure.
emka (85255) 2011-10-15 23:45
Very interesting photo from inside of the monastery. Beautiful delicate light. It must have been wonderful to listen to this unusual horns humming like two dragons. great note.
Atousa (7131) 2011-10-29 7:47
A very interesting shot with great pov n choice of vertical framing.. I like the color composition n the excellent light management as well.. the mood is special n somehow mysterious.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
kordinator (19856) 2011-11-28 1:04
I like a darker images.
Fantastic atmosphere you captured here.
Excellent motive,great idea.
Interesting information in your nota,as usual.
macjake (60642) 2012-05-21 16:57
This would have been a perfect time to have a super wide angle lens in your bag!
an 8-16mm lens would have given a super long perspective with the large rounded end in the fg and the 2 monks in the bg. You have to get one my friend :)
Nevertheless, i still really enjoy this scene. Looking through you gallery, it truly jumped out at me.
the lighting on the instruments and on the floor are the highlights for me.
overall, a successful photo especially with a slow handheld shutter.
enjoy your day
adidas5nb (5685) 2013-04-10 0:58
i just love this one.real can feel the inside of this monastery.beautiful light management and great composition.like how u have placed the dung chens.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56462)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-05-30
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: At Heaven's Door - Kinnaur & Spiti
- Theme(s): My Pictures, My Favourites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-10-11 2:57