While on my trip to Jammu and Kashmir, I also paid a visit to Leh and Ladakh districts of the Northern most state of India. While in Leh and Ladakh, the first place that I had gone to visit was the Shanti Stupa. The shanty Stupa is originally a white domed Buddhist monument on top of a hill in the Leh district. It was built in the year 1991 by a Japanese Buddhist monk and bhikshu as a part of the Peace Pagoda mission. The monument of Shanti Stupa holds relics of the Buddha at its base. It is one of the most attractive spots in Leh and Ladakh district of J&K.
The view of Shanti Stupa situated atop the hill was breathtaking. The panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes were perfectly captured by me in my camera. It was a place where I applied all my skills of photography to make sure that the best shots are taken by me of this exotic location. Not only the structure of the Buddhist Stupa was amazing but so was the surrounding view of the landscapes around the Shanti Stupa.
The Shanti Stupa has a photograph of the current Dalai Lama and the relics of Gautama Buddha at its base. The stupa is built as a two storey structure. The sanctum has a platform where a Buddha image sits representing the Turning Wheel of Dharma. The second level of the Shanti Stupa features the reliefs that depict the birth of Buddha and the Nirvana of Buddha. This Shanti Stupa was built as a movement to spread Buddhism around the world and commemorate 2500 years of the Buddhist cult.
The calmness and serenity felt at the site of Shanti Stupa is beyond words. There was peace everywhere. The exotic atmosphere along with the incredible surrounding made the day a perfect one. All the fears and tensions of life got evaporated and the mind, body and soul felt a union of an amazing energy, a soothing calmness which served as a balm for the soul.
In the following post I will write about the adventure from my trip to Vaishno Devi Mandir at Jammu.