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Kagar Village

Kagar Labrang, seen from south. Auer 2023
Kagar Labrang, seen from northwest. Auer 2023
Kagar Labrang, seen from southwest. Auer 2023

Kagar Labrang

Coordinates: 29° 9’0.86” N, 83°10’16.83” E, elevation 4170 meters.

The settlement of Kagar – a hamlet of Tokyu – is situated on a terrace overlooking the left bank of the river valley. It was built at the foot of a rocky crag called buddha-ri. The settlement consists of several residential houses, two temples and numerous prayer walls and chörten. The Kagar Labrang is located in the centre of the settlement, the Trangmar Gompa once was situated on its northern side, where in June 2023 the remains of the gompa were removed and a new temple was built.
The Kagar Labrang or village gompa (kun-bzan čhos-glin) is the residence of the leading Lama of the Tarap Valley. The structure consists of two floors and a terrace roof. The entrance is situated on the west side of the building. The assembly hall occupies the southern part of the ground floor, its portal lies diagonally opposite the entrance and is decorated with a figurative depiction of two deer facing each other. A small chamber, which can be accessed from the anteroom, was separated next to it. So the portal is not in the middle of the assembly hall, but to the side. The hall is 5.70 metres wide, 7.20 metres deep and 2.60 metres high, the main beams of the ceiling are supported by four pillars. A window on the south side illuminates the room. The altar is located on the west side of the room, a shelf with books and statues cover the wall. The other walls are decorated with murals and paintings on canvas (thankas).

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