Jun 12

Yuru Kabgyat Festival

  • Venue:

    Lamayuru Monastery

  • Start Date:

    12th June 2018

  • End Date:

    13th June 2018

Event Details

Celebrated for two days, Yuru Kabgyat Festival in Ladakh is an essential event for the followers of Buddhism. The festival is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm at the Lamayuru Monastery. The fiesta enjoys such popularity that Buddhist from worldwide and Lamas from Tibet, Japan, Korea and China head towards Leh-Ladakh to attend the festival. Natives and tourists could be seen marveling at the masked dance performances lasting for several hours.

Significance of Yuru Kabgyat Festival

The Yuru Kabgyat Festival is somehow dedicated to the Yama and Padmasambhava who are the meticulously delineated in the dance drama. Yama is considered to be the Lord of Death and Padmasambhava as the Second Buddha. He is also revered as the protector of the creatures and stallions and is also regarded as the Lord of Wealth. Highlights of the Yuru Kabgyat Festival

  • The Yuru Kabgyat Festival is celebrated at the pre-historic Lamayuru monastery in Ladakh, thereby increasing its cultural significance.
  • The festival is celebrated usually in July and is attended by lots of people.
  • Sounds from the gigantic pipe reverberate many a times in the monastery during the entire festival.
  • Prayer wheels are also a major highlight of the Yuru Kabgyat Festival.
  • The festival offers excellent opportunities to get insights about the Buddhism and understand the teachings of Buddha.
  • Monks from far and near perform the masked dances in order to please the deities who in return keep the evil spirits and disasters at bay.

Celebrations of the Yuru Kabgyat Festival

Lamas from various countries come here specifically for the event and dress up accordingly to raise the fun quotient. The breathtaking festival is incomplete without the ‘Chams’. In Cham masked dance, monks dance in circular motions, adorned with huge masks. The dance movements compliment the sounds of cymbals, drums and long pipes. At the end of the festival, sacrificial offerings are made and some sacred rituals are performed.

Best time to visit

This year, the Yuru Kabgyat Festival will be celebrated from 12th June 2018 to 13th June 2018. So choose a Ladakh tour package and be a part of this amazing gala.


Festivals in Ladakh