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BASGO GOMPA (MAITREYA TEMPLES)

BASGO GOMPA (MAITREYA TEMPLES)
Leh, India
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BACKGROUND

The mud-brick fortress of Basgo Gompa is perched high in the hills of Ladakh, between the Himalaya and Karakoram mountain ranges in northern India. The citadel and the three temples located within its rammed earth walls were built by Tibetan king Grags-pa-‘bum and his descendants in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries A.D. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Basgo Gompa (Maitreya temples) was included on the 2000 World Monuments Watch to draw attention to the conservation needs of the complex. Water had infiltrated the main temple through cracks in its roof, causing damage to the statues, murals, and floor. The local community was fiercely committed to the preservation of the site, but lacked the financial means to address the problems. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Though much of Basgo Gompa fortress has deteriorated over the last four centuries since its construction, the three temples it protects have withstood the test of time. The Maitreya temples at Basgo Gompa are the oldest surviving religious structures of their kind, dedicated to the Buddha of the future. (...)