The Dhankar Monastery or Goompha dates back to around the 12th Century. Like Kea & Tangyud Monastries, it is built as a Fort.
Located between the towns of Kaza and Tabo - Dhankar was the traditional capital of the Spiti Valley and was the seat of the early rulers of Spiti, the Nonos, who had the right to cultivate the government lands nearby and were required to keep the fort in repair. They also dispensed justice to the people and were noted for their harsh penalties until the British replaced them.
The monastery is also referred to as Lha-'od-pai-dgon-pa; so named after the famous lama - Zla-od. who was born in 1121, according to the Reu-mig. Zla-'od-pa would then mean "a follower of Zla-'od." He is apparently the founder or renovator of the monastery which now belongs to the Gelugpa order. The monks assert that it was not only of earlier origin than the Tabo monastery, but also earlier than Srong-btsan-sgam-po. They have, however, nothing to show of any really ancient relics.
The notable sights at Dhankar Gompa include a statue of Vairochana (Dhayan Buddha) consisting of 4 figures seated back to back in addition to various crumbling thangkas.
There is a small museum in the gompa. In 2006, World Monuments Fund selected Dhankar gompa as one of the 100 most endangered sites in the world. A nonprofit group, Dhangkar Initiative, is attempting to organize its conservation.
Dhankar was the traditional capital of the Spiti Valley Kingdom during the 17th century and has some features dating back to the 12th century. It was the seat of the early rulers of Spiti, the Nonos, who had the right to cultivate the government lands nearby and were required to keep the fort in repair. They also dispensed justice to the people and were noted for their harsh penalties until the British replaced them.
Today this monastery is simply disintegrating. The Cliffs on which the Monastery was built centuries ago is being eroded by the very strong winds and snow.The walls made of stone and mud is too heavy to stand on loose soil. The "Dhankar Initiative" is a non-profit organisation which has taken positive steps towards its preservation.... Still a lot need to be done before we lose this ancient treasure house.
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Tigerlily (3379) 2012-09-06 2:52
Beautifullly captured image, with wonderful colour and light.Nice POV. Have a nice day:-).
dta (82386) 2012-09-06 3:02
Hello Arunava ,
This is an interesting and beautiful monastery , taken from an effective low POV . I like the contrasts , too . But there is a little lack of sharpness . Do you add it after resizing ?
I make a WS .
bayno (18344) 2012-09-06 3:06
beautiful mountain architecture...here a like the special light and the incredible sky...i will like to go in Spiti with the motobike...i know well that mountain...
daddo (27926) 2012-09-06 3:56
Namaste Arunava. Striking POV of a magnificent, imposing building. Sad to hear about the neglect and possible demise of this world treasure. The strong light gives the building a dramatic presence against the blue sky.Excellent sharpness. Regards. Klaudio.
mjw364 (1466) 2012-09-06 10:52
Nicely composed shot with good sense of scale. The white building contrasts well with the blue sky and areas of shadow and the windows add points of interest for the eye.
holmertz (59142) 2012-09-06 10:59
I have always found this kind of Tibetan architecture fascinating for the combination of massive, white-washed walls and fine woodwork among the windows and roofs. Along with the prayer flags and the blue sky this gompa also makes an impressive sight. Too bad if it cannot be saved for the future.
mesutilgim (97484) 2012-09-06 11:42
Amazing capture of this monastery with good pov.
The format you have chosen fits perfectly to the scenery.
Nice bright colors and interesting details.
Nice framed and enriched with many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
Budapestman (82620) 2012-09-07 3:29
a superb photo of this monastery with spectacular composition, the colours and lights are beautiful, great details and POV, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
Noel_Byrne (33634) 2012-09-09 5:37
Beautiful image, and a great note to compliment it, thank you. The upwards POV here is perfect giving the building a majesty, and adding to the effect of the flags and banners flying. It has rich beautiful colours too, which is something you have a wonderful knack to capture.
aliabazari (16278) 2012-09-12 2:17
The composition of this picture is very well done, with excellent exposure. Good depth.
Thank you for registering for this nice picture
TopGeo (38216) 2012-10-11 12:14
Hello Arunava ,
This is an interesting and beautiful monastery a beautiful photo of this imposing church I like the composition and the attractive lights the architectural details are splendid, superb colours and the POV is excellent,
This white face with its flag is splendid , and you present it from an excellent POV , with the beautiful facade Bravo