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This article provides information about the Matho Gompa, a monastery in Leh Ladakh, India.

Matho Gompa

Location: Approximately 26 km to the southeast of Leh
Belongs To: Saskya Order
Founded By: Lama Dugpa Dorje
Founded In: 16th Century
Highlights: Four hundred years old Thangkas
Attractions: Matho Nagrang Festival

Matho Gompa in LadakhA monastery of the Saskya Order, Ladakh Matho Gompa is situated at a distance of approximately 26 km to the southeast of Leh. It is located on the opposite bank of the River Indus and was founded in the 16th century by Lama Dugpa Dorje. The monastery houses a rich collection of four hundred years old Thangkas. One of the main attractions of Matho Gompa of Leh Ladakh is Matho Nagrang Festival. This festival is organized every year on the 14th and 15th day of the first Tibetan month. On this day, all the monks take part in the sacred dances.

It is also said that during Matho Nagrang Festival, two gods, known as the Rongtsan, make their appearance. Another major attraction of the Matho Gompa, especially for the Ladakh people, is its oracle. Known as the "Lhaba" of Matho, the oracle is a priest and lives inside the monastery. Located near the Matho Monastery of Ladakh are a number of shrines. Also amongst these shrines is a sacred temple dedicated to the guardian deities.