Khorchak Monastery – First monastery in Ngari

Khorchak Monastery is located in Khorchak Village, Burang County. In fact, the village is named after the temple. Due to the influence of Monastery and its eminent monks, residents gradually gathered around the temple, and Khorchak Village was gradually formed.

Khorchak Monastery is well-known for having a unique architectural style, numerous cultural relics, and a long history. In Tibetan language is called Khor Zhak Gompa. Before it is one of important kagyu Sect monastery. now it belong to Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

The temple is said to have been founded in 996 CE by King Khor-re and Prince Lha-de from Purang. and its original name is said to have been ‘Khvachar Lhakang’. After 11 century, it is directly managed by the government of Tibet.

The architectural style of Khorzhak Temple and the murals in the temple have a certain historical, artistic and scientific value.

The Khorchak Monastery is recorded in the history of India, which makes it very famous in India. Therefore, all Indian pilgrims who visit the sacred mountain and holy lake must come to the Khorchak Temple for incense to be considered complete pilgrim.

Inside Monastery

In addition to the beautiful statues and frescoes, there is a mysterious dark passageway. People use the faint light of mobile phones into the narrow porch. Inside some places even retain the ancient frescoes, although most have been peeled off, but still can see the appearance of the salsa and the guardian.

At the end of the passage, there is also a staircase leading up to a small temple with masks and antelope horns, as well as knives and earthen guns. Downstairs, at the gate of the great hall hang a giant python. a closer look at the original is filled with giant python skin. Next to it have all kinds of beasts like Tigers, wolves, giant rats, and so on, which is huge contrast from distant statue – buddha of mercy.

Legends of Khorchak Temple

Long back, seven Indian wandering monks came here to engage in Buddhist activities. Before leaving, he left 7 large bags of silver to the king. In accordance with the instructions of the master, the king asked Nepalese craftsmen to make a rare statue of Manjushri and then asked the master to bless the statue.

When they move it the other place, They suddenly heard Manjushri Bodhisattva saying: “I am attached to this place and rooted here.” The king built the Khorchak Temple here according to his divine will.

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