A mesmerising blend of hues, music, dance and culture lasts two days and is held simultaneously in several monasteries. Gustor means ‘sacrifice of the 29th day’. The festival begins with an offering to the Gods for protection.
The locals celebrate this festival for the greater good of humanity, destruction of evil spirits which ultimately brings peace and harmony to the world and also protects them from natural calamities.
This is one of the much loved Ladakh festivals which begins with tranquil chants and charms offered to god by the monks residing at the monastery. Monks perform sacred dances in colourful masks and attire. Dancing to the sounds of cymbals, trumpets and drums, the people of Ladakh also celebrate the birth of Tsongkha-pa (the founder of the Geluks-pa monastic order). There is also a re-enactment of the assassination of the traitor King Lang Darma of Tibet by a Buddhist monk during the mid 9th century.