The celebration of festivals helps to preserve ritual traditions, spreads the dharma (Buddhist teachings), and gives monks and lay people the opportunity to accumulate good karma for the next life through offerings, worship, and prayer.
February 26- March 1, 2015
Special Worship (puja) for world peace and wellbeing of all people
March 2-3, 2015
Worship of Thirteen Special Deities
March 4-5, 2015
Important harvest ceremony for which the monks create a special torma or offering statue made of barley flour and butter, which is visited and honored by villagers
March 7-8, 2015
Special puja for the Long Life of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Initiation of Vajrabhaivara
May 27 to June 2, 2015
Worship of Vajrabhaivara, the most wrathful form of Manjusri
July 18-21, 2015
Fasting Ceremony to purge sin and accumulate good karma
Yarnas or Varshavas Ceremony
July 31 to September 13, 2015
Monks remain confined within the monastery and limited outlying area, performing special daily pujas, in order to avoid negative karma from treading upon plants and insects.
PLEASE NOTE: Visitors must obtain special permission from the head lama of the monastery to attend a short portion of Yarnas
Gadam Nagchod or Lighting Ceremony
December 5-7, 2015
Celebration of the death anniversary of Tsongkhapa, the great Buddhist philosopher and founder of the Gelug sect.
March 26 - June 2, 2015
More info to come.
February 16-18, 2015
Most important festival celebrated at Phuktal Monastery for world peace and harmony – attended by many Zanskaris and residents of greater Ladakh