Karsha Gustor Festival Ladakh

Karsha Gustor Festival alias Spitok Gutor Zanskar Festival is a mixture of colors, music, dance and message of victory of 'good over evil.' The largest monastery Zanskar, Karsha monastery (largest Geluk-pa (Yellow Hat) monastery) hosts this festival for two long days. Lamas offer friendly greetings to curious tourists, which is followed by a black hat dance performance. According to the locals, the dance is performed to ward off the evil forces and to establish the victory of good over the evil. The hat dancers are the symbols of divinities (Dharmapalas), and the patrons of the Geluk-pa order. Then the mask dancers perform the Chaam. At the end of the dance, statue of the evil forces is also burned to mark the end of the festival.

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