Celebrated In: India
The Yuru Kabgyat is a two day long festival which is held with tremendous zeal and enthusiasm at Lamayuru, located 127 kilometer from Leh. This festival is attended by numerous people from abroad. The Buddhists come from various countries like China, Japan, Tibet and Korea and attend the festival of Yuru Kabgyat at Leh. It is a festival that is celebrated with tremendous pomp and enthusiasm. Colorfully dressed Buddhist Monks throng the Leh Valley and participate in the dance drama.
The Yuru Kabgyat dance consists of Chhams in which the Lamas dance in the form of circles with large colorful masks. This circular movement is often accompanied by drum beats, long pipes and cymbals. The masks are usually made from paper mache and there is also a thin coat of plaster enveloping it.
The main figures portrayed are the Yama or the Lord of Death and Padmasambhava or the second Buddha who is also known to be the God of Wealth. He is regarded as a protector of horses and animals including human race