A two-day religious festival of ‘Gustor’ is celebrated each year in the Spituk Monastery, which is known to attract tourists and local inhabitants in large numbers. Mask dances, or ‘cham’ performed by lamas is the star attraction of the Gustor festival, which is choreographed beautifully by the lamas themselves. These dances are a representation of destruction of evil spirits and the triumphant victory of good over evil. The dancers adorn themselves with colorful masks that symbolize the Guardians and Gods & Goddesses in the Gompa. While some masks represent benevolent spirits, others are fierier.
While some dances are performed in pairs, followed by the appearance of idols of the reigning monarch, other dances are showcased in groups, and reflect the spirit and liveliness of the local inhabitants of the Spituk Gompa. The festival chips down with the burning of an effigy that symbolizes the assassination of evil.
Wee hours in the morning is perfect to visit the Spituk Monastery during festive period. The Gustor festival is also marked by the unveiling of magnificent idol of Goddess Kali during which, it is open for public display. It is such a feast to see the colorful dances coupled with unimaginable energy sparked by the crowd and the local music that fills the air with great enthusiasm.
Where: The Spituk Monastery
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