Dukhang Yokma

Buddhist Temple in Karsha

The Dukhang Yokma, Karsha Gompa's main prayer hall, was demolished in 2009 due to irreparable structural damage. In so doing, an astonishing discovery was made: the mummified body of the monastery's 14th-century founder, Lobon-Dode Rinchen, found to be barely decomposed. The dukhang has since been rebuilt to the original plan, with salvaged wall panels now displayed in a museum room (below), and Lobon-Dode Rinchen's face visible if you shine a light through a little 'window' in a jewel-encrusted metal stupa.