I still recollect my visit to the Hemis monastery in Ladakh. This was
located in the town of Hemis. It is about 45 KM away from Leh. The location of this monastery is very beautiful and you would see the different view from around the monastery also captivates you
with the beauty and splendor. The time that I visited was during the Padmasambhava festival which is held in June. I had travelled from Pune.
The Hemis festival is dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava. There is also a dance festival which plays the different importance of the reincarnations of Buddha. The kind of dance that you see here is completely different than what we can see in any other place. They say Buddha was sent into life to improve the spiritual conditions and wellness of all human beings. The teachings of Buddha are quite different than most other gods. You will see a lot of look into nonviolence taking precedence over the spiritual quests.
The famous Hemis festival
The festival is held in the courtyard inside the main entrance of the monastery. The space here is quite large open and wide space. There are the raised platforms which are three feet high and there is also a sacred pole in the center. There is also a dias which has a cushioned seat and most of the ceremonial items are kept on the center table which is also placed high on the dias. You will be surprised by the ceremonial items which are kept are uncooked rice, holy water.
The whole ceremony is all about music and dance and rejoicing the rebirth of Buddha. You will see some of the oldest of the musical instruments in play at this festival. You will also see the lamas joining this celebration. The beginning of the ceremony is from the Gompa. This is where there is beating of the drums and clashing of cymbals. The portrait of Dodmokarpo is put on display. You would see one of the most authentic Leh experience is from this ceremony that you have attended.