Tangyud Gompa

Buddhist Monastery in Komic

The Tangyud Gompa was probably founded in the 14th century near Hikkim. It relocated to Komic after a devastating 1975 earthquake. With around 50 monks, it's one of only two Spiti monasteries of the red-hat Sakya sect (the other is in Kaza). The main, rather fort-like building is painted in red, blue and white stripes. A smaller, older building above it has a stuffed leopard hanging in its porch: women are not permitted in the inner prayer room.

Daily pujas are offered at 8am to the protective deity Mahakala, a wrathful emanation of Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion.