Kashmir Ladakh...Hemis;Ladakh,India..... "Our dream of Tomorrow touches the Sun"!!
Kashmir Ladakh..Festivals of North India Tour!...
Jammu & Kashmir, Srinagar, Leh Ladakh have many festivals to complete the pictures of India. The famous festival of 'Hemis' symbolises the spirit of the people of India, amongst the Buddhist Community in the Himalayas. The festival is celebrated in the commemoration of the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. Hemis also marks a day of expressing love, compassion and brotherhood in Buddhism.
The Hemis Festival is held every year in the Hemis Monastery, the biggest Buddhist monastery of Ladakh. It is celebrated on the tenth day of lunar month in the Tibetan calendar(June-July) The Hemis Festival is associated with a legend i.e. The founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Padmasambhava fought with fiends for the safety of the local people. Marking the victory of good over the evil, monks perform the sacred mask dances accompanied by the music from drums, cymbals and long horns. Once in every Twelve years, the whole community of Jammu and Kashmir; followers of Islam, Hinduism, Christianity along with many tourists get to witness the unfolding of the Sacred Ancient Thangka.
The daily masks we wear, would make life the biggest opera of all times ! However as an intrinsic art & craft, celebrating the ancient folklore and tradition of India..mask-making, is popular in many states of our country.
Adorning the walls for ushering holy blessings or for keeping the 'evil eye' away, these traditional masks color the panorama of India. As a dance opera they are used frequently in classical and tribal art forms in the Northern India Himalayas.
The festivity of Jammu & Kashmir will fascinate your travelling pen as it scripts its buddhist journey in Ladakh, India. With the passes opening in July the Hemis Festival in Leh-Ladakh is a major tourist experience..!
From the flaming colors of the South, to the devotional chants of 'Sai Shirdi Baba', which echo right upto the Northern Himalayan peaks...India, is fascinating in its flamboyant vitality.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir, is vibrant in Winters with the snow and 'kangri'(hand coal heater)..nothing better to sip than the Kashmiri spice tea (Kauwa), laced with gossip and crackin 'walnuts'!
Rich in diet fibre the walnut enjoys an ageless season with all generations..young n the old.