Largest ancient Buddhist silk brocade unfurled at Naropa festival in Leh

September 26, 2016 1:05 pm
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The ancient silk embroidery of Guru Padmasambhava was unfurled at Hemis Monastery, where a week
long Naropa festival is underway. Today being one of the important days of the festival thousands of devotees received great blessings.

Known as Thangka, this silk brocade has a silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, and
mandala. This is the largest thangka in the Himalayan region with dimension of 40 ft wide and 70 ft long.

Thangka serves as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas and other deities and bodhisattvas. They are traditionally kept unframed and rolled up when not on display. Because of their delicate nature, they have to be kept in dry places where moisture will not affect the quality of the silk.

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