GURU GHANTAL MONASTERY

Guru Ghantal (Buddhist Monastery in Himachal Pradesh )

Guru Ghantal : Guru Padmasambhava himself was the founder of this monastery, located on a hill in the district of Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Over 800 years old and made of wood, the monastery hosts a towering image of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, and idols of Guru Padmasambhava along with other lamas. Strangely enough, inside the innermost chamber there sits an idol of the Hindu goddess Kali, which has lent weight to the claim that this was the site of a temple before the monastery came into being.