Ladakh ( numerous blogs from FEB/MARCH 2016 will reveal more) is an unusual and Wondrous Region in the lap of The Himalayas in Jammu & Kashmir, India.
However here I am focusing on one Symbol in particular which you will see strike you between your eyes repeatedly in Buddhist Ladakh.
This was hand painted on the Wall of the Dining Room of a Hotel in Leh, Ladakh.
The “Dharam Chakra” is seen again on a Curtain in the Hemis Monastery ( see earlier blogs on the Monastery) in the main courtyard. Do notice the Wheel or Chakra always has Eight Spokes.
The featured image is a zoom in of the top of the gate which welcomes you to the “3 Idiot School” ( do see an earlier blog on the school to know more) in Shey, Ladakh. The Chakra is held aloft between Two Mighty Dragons.
What do the symbols signify, what is the message they convey to you ? Three pictures, three depictions , three different locations and three different materials, yet the Symbol is Constant.
A subsequent blog will reveal more symbols seen along with the spectacular terrain of Ladakh.
I remember reading a story as a Child of a Princess who turned Hay into Gold.
I was witness to the Winter Sun in Ladakh playing Alchemist and converting the Gorgeous Grasslands into Fields of Himalayan Gold.
As often mentioned in previous posts Ladakh is a Cold Desert which very little Rain, Very low temperatures , Low Oxygen levels and a Very High Intensity of Infrared and Ultraviolet rays from the Sun.
Grasslands merge with Plantations of Willows and Poplars in the Lap of the Snow Clad Himalayas near the Hemis Monastery , Ladakh.
In the picture below the grass resembles a species called Himalayan Fountain Grass, but am not certain and am even pulling back from giving the botanical name. A fellow blogger did thank me for a Botanical Lesson.( was it a sarcastic comment, I cannot be certain)
Which these posts are far from, I am simply sharing some facts about the Treasures of Nature which are discovered as I visit these unusual regions .
A closer look reveals Feathered fronds Shimmering with the Touch of the Golden Unfiltered Rays of the Sun.
The road from Leh to the Hemis Monastery is lined with New Plantations Of young Willows which turn into a marvelous Crimson contrasting beautifully with Golden Grass.
Nature buries secrets everywhere, all we have to do is read the Clues.