In 1655, Ladakhi King Deldan Namgyal in memory of his father, built the two-storey gompa or monastery adjacent to the Shey palace. There, he installed this two-storey high image of the seated Buddha. After entering the central courtyard located on the second storey of the gompa, the 12-meter high image of the Buddha is in the room to one's right. The Buddha is worked of copper sheets gilded with gold. This is the biggest metal statue in the region and was the largest Buddha statue of any type in Ladakh until Thiksey installed a 15-meter tall Buddha made of clay in 1970.
Shey's Buddha statue was made in 1655 by a Nepalese sculptor who was assisted by three Ladakhi craftsmen. The castings of the statue were made in Leh while the statue's copper was collected in Zanskar and hammered into plates on big rocks. More than five kilos of gold were then used to plate the copper. The statue was built in parts in the Zanstil Palace ("Zans" means copper and "til" means to hammer) in Leh and then transported to Shey where it was assembled and installed. Sacrificial offerings such as grain or jewels, holy signs and mantras are contained inside the figure.
The walls of the shrine are adorned with murals of Buddha with different hand gestures - preaching, teaching, blessing and "earth witness". The walls on both sides depict the 16 Arhats (Worthy Ones who have achieved Nirvana), 8 on each side; two famous disciples of Buddha and Tsong-kha-pa, founder of the Yellow Hat sect of Buddhism. You can see some of those magnificent murals to the right of my picture’s frame.
It was pretty dark inside the shrine. Picture taken handheld with 1600 ISO
Afterthought : Interesting that 4 out of my last 5 TE posts features a statue of Buddha - two from Ladakh, India and two from Chiang Mai, Thailand
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lousat (98389) 2013-03-28 1:02
Spectacular choice of point of view to create this magic perspective,what a idea and what a professional details and colors in this difficult light,the best exposure for the best result.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
danos (103216) 2013-03-28 1:03
nice the close up view of Shakyamuni Buddha to dominates the place.
I like the excellent light and the colour management as the clarity and the sharpness of the image.
pierrefonds (71783) 2013-03-28 4:32
The tight frame is putting the statue in evidence. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the seated Buddha. The surrounding light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
Sergiom (89387) 2013-03-28 5:12
J'aime beaucoup cette composition. J'aime les couleurs qui ressortent parfaitement dans cet environnement de noirceur. J'aime aussi le regard doux de la statue.
yquem46 (38752) 2013-03-28 5:34
Beautiful and impressive quality of the image
I like the compo with the focus on Budha and the paintings on the wall as the BG
Excellent exposure control and top notch sharpness as well as color rendition
Bravo, have a nice day
holmertz (59812) 2013-03-28 12:37
I should remember this Buddha from Shey, but unfortunately my memory is blank. After all it was nearly 28 years ago. You composed this very well to include so much of the murals. You also used the light very well. I aimagine there wasn't so much of it.
mohammad_H (10126) 2013-03-29 4:18
Statues are very attractive, with beautiful paintings on the walls, beautiful colors, good resolution Very good frame
Best wishes for you'
Waylim (25436) 2013-03-29 15:54
Beautiful shot of the Budha statue, not an easy shot with an interior light. I like it without flash more even exposure. The POV bring us closer and intimate with the statue and it feel as if we are in the room outselves. Good color and the size of the statues leave strong impression.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-03-29 16:32
Amazing colors and saturation here.Splendid POV too and you chose an awesome framing which makes a very good contrasts.
Have a nice weekend
Nicou (152204) 2013-03-29 23:37
Quelle vue sur cette statue dorée superbe cadrage et mise en valeur avec ces gros yeux une merveille.
Bravo et amitié
Graal (103038) 2013-04-01 23:04
unusual sculpture of Buddha. Amazing artistic work. Good shot and presentation. Well informations, too.
Have a nice day.
papagolf21 (110520) 2013-04-02 4:15
Bonjour, cher ami Angshu,
Excellente qualité d'image avec une note d'accompagnement très instructive.
Merci de nous servir de guide de cette façon.
jhm (161079) 2013-04-02 4:58
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
Incredible taken with a high quality
Perfect layout and perfect light management.
Excellent picture, nice colours and sharpness.
Very well done, TFS.
Fis2 (107596) 2013-04-02 7:34
I like colors and light.
Good frame and sharpness.
pajaran (66424) 2013-04-02 10:48
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o skulpturi Bude i palate sa datim podacima, i istorijom ...
Dobar snimak, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazana skulptura Bude.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Very interesting and good article on the sculpture of the Buddha and the palace with the given data, and history ...
Good shot, contrast, beautiful color.
Good work, beautiful Buddha statue shown.
Good evening and all the best.
josepmarin (58359) 2013-04-03 4:51
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
a delicate game of soft light and shades on the statue of Buddha, in this difficult capture inside the monastery.
The chiaroscuro offers us a mystical scene, in a good and sharp image in spite of the 1600 ISO.
The vivid colors of the elements adds a high aesthetical quality to your composition.
A beautiful work.
maria-v1981 (10964) 2013-04-03 6:29
The fact that you used natural light rather than flash has preserved the atmosphere here.
I also like how the details of the wall in the background are clearly visible. Wonderful atmosphere and you capture the theme excellent.
Have a nice evening,
wolf38 (31296) 2013-04-03 6:42
Hello Angshuman. A wonderful photo with many details. The colors are very beautiful. Title, photo and text complement each other perfectly. My compliments.
adores (46419) 2013-04-03 17:15
You have done a very good job with such a high ISO!
I like the pov and the light you got. Those paintings in background are really beautiful and they are a really nice background to this old and colourful Buddha. The difficult light makes the place even more magical!
Didi (60590) 2013-04-03 23:45
The only solution was the using of the flash for seeing this big statue.
PaulVDV (32799) 2013-04-04 1:38
You created here a beautiful, intimate atmosphere on the picture.
Despite being dark in the gompa, we can enjoy the wonderful murals and the beautiful colours of the canvases and clothes very well.
Best regards, Paul
Kielia (24077) 2013-04-05 8:27
your studies of the Buddha statues are captivating! Here you are presenting a very fascinating one. The composition is really successful – the viewer gets an excellent idea of the shrine. It was a pleasure reading the interesting note. Thanks for sharing this wonderful image!
mkamionka (40183) 2013-04-08 5:45
amazing quality, I would not guess the ISO was so high.
Interesting subject very well presented. Plenty of color and interestung shapes. Very well done!!!
batalay (40523) 2013-04-09 1:15
Hello Mr. B, again.
Having seen the last photo you had submitted, I decided to explore others that you had posted. The religious subject here, presented with clarity and resplendent colors caught my eye. As always you were thoughtful to provide an informative note... Thank you letting us all see this remarkable structure.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-04-10 1:18
Hello Angshu - Superb composition and really well managed light. I love the colours and whole atmosphere of this shot. Very special. Warm regards Rosemary
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56760)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-06-04
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DI II VC LD, RAW
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/6 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Ladakh - "The Broken Moon"
- Date Submitted: 2013-03-28 0:59