Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra
A short drive outside Barsoo Village which is a short drive away from Kargil which is a long drive away from the nearest Airport Leh, one can see and touch centuries-old Buddhist art that uses the mountain as a medium.
Named the Barsoo Chamba the villagers say it was made before the 10th century.
Built in the area that is now almost completely muslim, Buddha stands tall – unworshipped and lonely visited only by the rare tourist or pilgrim.
A little stream must be crossed to arrive at the sculpture.
When we lamented the destruction of the Bamiyan Budha I had no idea that there are other similar sculptures in the region.
In this strange world we live in, I found myself praying for this Buddha while the Buddhist conpanions prayed to him.
More on two other ancient Himalayan Buddhas – The Mulbeg Chamba and The Yarma Gombo – to follow.