15 km to the south of Leh on the Leh-Manali highway is the Shey Palace. Located in the same complex is the simple, but beautiful & a very important Shey Monastery or Gompa. The buildings are placed on a ridge similar to a knife edge and the approach to the monastery is decorated with many stupas and shrines.
Shey used to be the capital and the home for Ladakh's royal family up until the Dogra conquests forced the royal family to be stripped of their power and move to Stok. In 1655, in memory of his father, King Deldan Namgyal built the two-storey Gompa or monastery, adjacent to the palace. He installed a 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 found 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 Monastery today is managed by Buddhists Monks from Hemis Monastery. Lhachen Palgyigon, the first King of Ladakh built this Monastery.
It was evening when we reached Shey. As we approached the monastery, the late light shone on the Crown of the stupa – the 13 Metal Discs (which signify the 10 mystical powers of Buddha & the 3 Essential remembrances – Past, present & future). The entrance to the Gompa or Monastery past the small flight of stairs is to the right, inside which sits a giant 2 storey tall statue of Sakyamuni Buddha.
For those who might be interested, in the Workshop a detailed explanation of the parts of a Stupa & their significances
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mohammad_H (8826) 2012-03-09 0:38
Resolution and color combined with simple but beautiful architecture clouds and blue sky attractive landscape depicted
hace a nice day
Bluejeans (64247) 2012-03-09 0:46
Ola Angshuman ,
Beleza este lugar perdido do mundo , só a cadeira de plástico não combina com o lugar , os detalhes deste templo são lindo ,gostei muito da torre tem um belo formato de contrução , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Ricx (13495) 2012-03-09 0:48
Hi Angshu, I love your gallery of Northern India, a very different India from down South.. It is a beautiful part of the world also fascinating.. .. well posted Ricx
dta (63524) 2012-03-09 1:10
Hello Angshuman ,
Despite of the difficult light conditions , you've perfectly presented this interesting place in a very well balanced composition . The plastic chair seems to be the only modern element in the scene .
ChrisJ (94842) 2012-03-09 1:41
Looks similar to Nepal. Good shadow detail with excellent colour & saturation. Impeccable sharpness with good warm cold color contrasts between the blue sky & red rooftops & coverings. Tfs!
BennyV (13546) 2012-03-09 2:41
Against the light, yet the details are captured very well. Finely balanced picture.
Cheers & have a good weekend
cavli (1874) 2012-03-09 6:01
excelent quality of colors and clearity. very sharp picture. nice presentation with the note. tfs
holmertz (37739) 2012-03-09 10:36
The light was difficult but the stupa is well detailed and it is anyway the unchallenged focus of this place. The courtyard looks a bit scruffy so it may be just as well that the shade has left it rather dark. On the other hand there is a beautiful glow of the red and pink wall to the left. You also provided us with a remarkably informative workshop. Thanks.
bukitgolfb301 (34612) 2012-03-09 21:33
Hi NAMASTE my dear Angshuman
Sorry for my late reaction. I enjoy your new sereis.
An attractive shot as your trademark thema and style!
So impressive color presentation is remarkable. Perfect framework and exposure are as usual.
Wondeful to see at weekend, indeed.
Thanks for your sharinig with finest posting and have a good Saturday!
Takero from rainy Tokyo
emka (73847) 2012-03-10 0:00
Hi dear Angshuman,
wonderful stupa in the style like in Tibet. Nice colours. And impressive himalaya s peaks behind it. Superb composition.
When do you go to Thailand?
have a fine weekend
danos (83629) 2012-03-11 0:58
nice the view from the Stupa,with the 13 Metal discs to end on the upper part of it.I like your informative note as the WS to be a great helping design to understand someone the construction.
jhm (135826) 2012-03-11 4:22
Splendid image with a good subject, I learn every day of your picture, also about your country.
Composition and color are wonderful.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
nobuikehonda (3848) 2012-03-11 8:30
Hello Dear Angshuman-san!
The quality of the lighting in the image is sparkling, and the air seems to be so clean. This photo not only captured the subject mentioned in your wonderful note, but it shows us the quality of the air surrounding the structure mentioned in your note. I wonder what the altitude of this particular spot is like. The colours of the sky suggest that the stupa is found at an altitude already reaching quite a high elevation. The photo has this quality of the air not available at the lower altitudes (?). The sunlight sheering through the image is quite dramatic and the stupa stands there majestically. Here once again we are presented with stunning image quality. The colours are not too outspoken. And the mountain range appearing over the roofline is an absolute delight. I must say this again; the lighting and the air in this image are so overwhelming.
With my very best and kind regards,
Have a pleasant Sunday evening, Angshuman-san
rabdelnoor (3421) 2012-03-11 20:56
The light is really a challenge on this kind of shot, but you got an excellente result here.
Graal (95616) 2012-03-12 1:24
an interesting place and informations in note. Good complementary WS. Strong light You had. Photo is well done.
Have a nice day.
papagolf21 (83486) 2012-03-12 1:26
Bonjour, cher ami Angshu,
Toujours à la recherche de merveilles ! quel plaisir de pouvoir admirer ce genre de site.
De plus, la mise en image est excellente comme à l'accoutumée.
Nicou (117324) 2012-03-12 2:19
fantastique compo et iamge sueprbe cpatage quellf forme ce petit palace sueprbe avec sa belle tourn grandisoe compo et iamge avec ce tontre-jour et ce beau ciel.
Bravo et amitié
Fis2 (82448) 2012-03-12 2:27
Interesting building (tower).
Good frame and colors.
I like light.
Photo has climate.
angel66 (1006) 2012-03-12 7:11
i like how you have saturated the colours here, also the sharpness is very interesting..exposure 60..that means there wasnt enough light?
Have a nice day
pajaran (48997) 2012-03-12 11:14
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu, i arhitekturi sa datim podacima ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast i prikaz, lepe boje.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Very interesting and good article on the site, and architecture with a given data ...
Good image sharpness, contrast and display beautiful colors.
All the best in the new week began.
ciakgiak (30407) 2012-03-12 15:12
Hello dear Angshuman,
Your pictures are always very interesting, you show us splendid places with a great photographic class. In this case there's a superb light, the colors and the contrasts are magnificent, always is really special here.
Congratulations and TFS.
nikkitta (13556) 2012-03-12 17:06
Great and informative note telling about the moment you arrive and the sounds ( made me felt as I have been there) of the stupa and also about the meaning of the metal discs
Great color contrast against the blue sky
Like the way you managed the light on top of the stupa
great to have been there
Congrats and TFS
josepmarin (57591) 2012-03-13 3:31
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
the low luminosity gives a strong personality to this image, with a balanced-well exposure, and the perfectly polarized sky creates a chromatic very interesting contrast, which adds a high aesthetic level to the composition.
I like this stupa and the elements of the traditional architecture of the monastery.
A beautiful work.
aliabazari (12433) 2012-03-13 11:47
The combination of this architecture is very beautiful and good perspective. Excellent composition.
leo61 (0) 2012-03-13 11:48
I like the light,colors and contrast here and of course the good composition.
sacimar (25975) 2012-03-13 12:22
good image of this place, I like the architecture here, the light management is very good and I also like the details you present,
wolf38 (30568) 2012-03-13 14:39
Hello Angshuman, title, photo and text fit together perfectly. Very informative text - as always. High technical quality, good presentation. Best regards, Wolfgang.
Silvio1953 (116981) 2012-03-14 10:11
Ciao Angshuman, great POV on fascinating architecture, excellent clarity, fantastic colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Waylim (25162) 2012-03-14 17:15
The light is not easy here, most of the foreground is in the shadow but you did well with the exposure and not over exposing the background. Good photo quality and beautiful details and colors.
I hope you enjoy your vacation in Thailand.
dip (23528) 2012-03-16 12:23
nice photo of the inner courtyard with excellent management of light and colors,
informative note as well,
thanks for sharing,
jusninasirun (17156) 2012-04-04 18:24
I like this shot and how well you have rendered details and natural tone in the frame. Beautiful light catching on the facade against the beautiful sky.
Thanks and kind regards.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (54921)
- 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, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Ladakh - "The Broken Moon"
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-09 0:17