Takthok hermitage, (near) Shakti, Jammu and Kashmir, IN

Raw data

"Takthok Monastery : At a distance of 50 km from Leh, Takthok monastery houses a cave where Guru Padmashambhava meditated in the earlier era. The significane of the monastery lies in it being the only one that belongs to the "Old Order" or the Nying-ma-pa sect of Buddhism."

"Takthok Monastery (also known as Thag Thog or Thak Thak) is a Buddhist monastery in Sakti village in Ladakh, northern India, located approximately 46 kilometres east of Leh. The name Takthok, literally meaning 'rock-roof' was named because both its roof as well as walls are made up of rock. It belongs to the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and approximately 55 lamas reside there. It is the only Nyingma monastery in Ladakh.
The monastery was founded around the mid-16th century during the reign of Tshewang Namgyal on a mountainside around a cave in which Padmasambhava [ven.padmasambhava] is said to have meditated in the 8th century."

Input by: tmciolek, July 12, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 19 Jul 2014

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Takthok monastery, IN.

General location of the Takthok monastery, IN.
lat=34.005278 long=77.820278
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2012.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Jammu and Kashmir

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag 0733-66p - tmciolek 19 Jul 2014
0700-32p 0733-66p 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 19 Jul 2014

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • architecture

16. Additional notes

  • Approximately 55 resident lamas in the early 2000s - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takthok_Monastery
  • The monastery is built close to the "cave in which Padmasambhava [ven.padmasambhava] is said to have meditated in the 8th century."


17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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