Key Monastery/ Kye Gompa
The Key Monastery is the biggest monastery in the region and is one of the main learning centers for all the Lamas in Spiti. It is located at a distance of 20 kilometers from Kaza. The monastery is house to some 100 odd monks who receive an education here. It was established in the 11th century and is located at an altitude of 13,668 feet.
The walls of the ancient monastery are covered with rare paintings and murals, reflecting the 14th-century architecture. It also houses some rare books, paintings and musical instruments and also images of Buddha. The monastery has three floors and the ground floor is beautifully decorated into an Assembly Hall and also has cells for monks. The monastery now belongs to the Gelugpa sect, along with Tabo Monastery and Drangtse Monastery.
The village of Gue houses the “Mummy Lama”, which is believed to be the preserved body of a holy man named Sangha Tenzin who decided to sacrifice his life for the well-being of his village. The mummy was found by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) chanced upon it a few years ago, while digging up the Chinese border. The mummified human body was found squatting with a rosary in one hand. The villagers strongly believe in the mummy and worship it as their living God. Extensive studies by scientists have revealed that the mummy is nearly 550 years old.
It was earlier open to public visits but after it was briefly stolen, visitors can see the mummy only through a window. The village of Gue lies between Kaza and the town of Sumdoh in Kinnaur.
The Tangyud Monastery is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kaza. It is located in the village of Komic, 18 kilometers from Kaza. The monastery is intricately detailed and is built largely resembles a castle and rests on the edge of a deep canyon. The monastery is regarded to be one of the highest in India, standing at a dizzying altitude of 14,830 feet. The Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary shares its boundary with the monastery. It is believed that the monastery was terribly damaged during an Earthquake in 1972. The Tangyud village lies at the foot of the monastery.
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