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Today, I will be sharing the photographs of Key Monastery, Kibber, Spiti that I captured when I went to Spiti in the month of September this year.
Key Gompa also known as Key Monastery is a Tibetian Buddhist Monastery situated at an altitude of 4,166 meters(13,688 ft) above the sea level, near the Spiti river in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.
This monastery is believed to be founded in 11th Century by Dromton who was a pupil of famous teacher Atisha. In 1840s this place was damaged by fire and in 1975, an earthquake caused further damage which was later repaired with the help of Public Works Department and Archaeological Survey of India.
This place has a collection of ancient books, murals and the walls are covered with paintings I was not able to photograph the interiors as photography was prohibited inside the monastery.
This monastery has three floors. First floor is underground and it is used for storage, Second floor is ground floor which has beautifully decorated Assembly Hall and rooms for the monks. Third floor is the top most which is the prayer room where there are ancient books, murals and painted walls.
This monastery belong to Gelugpa sect along with other two monasteries Tabo Monastery and Dhankar Gompa in Spiti.
Key Gompa has an accommodation for nearly 250 monks who stay within this monastery in winters and they work in the fields along with their parents and siblings in the summers.
A new prayer hall was inaugurated on 3rd August 2000 by fourteenth Dalai Lama, this is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley and it is a religious training centre for Lamas.
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