Photographer's Note

The Komik Lundup Tsemo Gompa (Monastery) located above 15000 feet above sea level, in the cold Himalayan desert district of Spiti, shares territory with the elusive Snow leopards, Yaks as well as Himalayan Ibex. It is a part of the Sakya sect of Buddhism.

The monastery is cut off from the world in winter from November to March. Winters are characterized by harsh winds & heavy snow, many feet deep, with temperatures well below freezing.

The Komik Gompa (Monastery) was earlier located near Hikkim and had to be shifted to its present location after an earthquake destroyed the earlier Gompa. It is recorded that a team of Buddhist scholars of the gompa accomplished the task of revision of Tangryud - the Tantra treatises which in 87 volumes form one class of Tibetan scriptures. The lamas of this gompa are supposed to be proficient in tantra.we didnt meet any of them that day, unfortunately!

In fact there are two gompas in Komik, old and new. They stand barely about 20 metres from each other. This is the old monastery with fresh red painted walls. I composed this picture with the wildly fluttering prayer flags (many of which were battered & worn by the harsh winds) on my face...I wanted the viewers to FEEL the wind

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