Konchok Ling cave in Upper Mustang
The Konchok Ling cave in Upper Mustang is famous for its amazingly beautiful Murals. Large figures of Vajradhara, Chaturbhuja, Avalokiteshvara and Tara are depicted in the Murals of this cave. A segment of the Eighty-Four Mahasiddhas of the Vajrasana System can also be found in the Murals. The four line verse composed by Vairasana, an Abbott of Bodhgaya who lived in 11th century is also included in the Mural.
Konchok Ling is a sacred cave for unique cultural and spiritual experience, located in the Mustang district of Nepal. There are ancient murals, carvings, as well as offerings left by pilgrims inside the cave. Hiking to the cave to pay their respects, seek blessings and know about deep roots of Buddhism in the Himalayas.
Konchok Ling Cave Paintings
Konchok Ling Cave in Upper Mustang was severely damaged as a result of erosion. The walls of the cave crumbled down so that a major part of the 84 Siddhas was lost. These Murals are believed to be of 13th or 14th century.
The trip from Lo Manthang to the cave is a highly exciting trip in Mustang. The cave is reached by a steep and narrow trail that winds up the cliff face. Since the cave is at an inaccessible height, the visitors get to the cave using a fixed rope to reach the entrance. Close to the Konchok Ling there is another recently discover Ritseling Cave also. You can visit the Ritseling Cave of upper mustang at the same time when you visit Konchok Ling cave. Experience guide show you the way to visit Konchok Ling cave and assist you to avoid any trouble.
Upper Mustang is known for the thousands of sky caves in the mountains. In pre-historic times, people were living in these caves and also they used these caves as storage rooms, places to hide from enemies, burial sites and as places of worship. Most of these caves are more than thousand years old.
The caves are a window into the past and offer a glimpse into the lives of the ancient civilizations that once inhabited the region. However, it is crucial to protect the Sky Caves and ensure that they are preserved for future generations to appreciate and cherish.
Buddhist culture of ancient Tibet, numerous natural caves and the remote villages of Upper Mustang make this trek highly exciting. Konchok Ling is considered a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists, who visit the cave The cave is also known for its stunning natural beauty and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
Upper Mustang region, also known as the “Forbidden Kingdom”, was closed off to outsiders until 1992 due to its location on the border with Tibet. This isolation helped preserve the unique culture and heritage of the area, including the Sky Caves.
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