Thiksey monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. It is situated about 20 kilometers from Leh. The monastery is also referred to as ‘Mini Potala’ as it is a replica of the Potala Palace in Tibet. The 12 storey monastery is situated on top of a hill and is famous for its 2 storey statue of Maitreya (the future Buddha).
According to one of the local guides of Ladakh, there is a very interesting story about how Thiksey monastery got its name:
Jangsem Sherab Zangpo and his disciple Palden Sherab were offering prayer services with a ritual cake about three kilometer from where the Thiksey monastery is. A crow flew away with the cake. When they searched, they found the ritual cake in perfect order at the top of the hillock. They believed it be an auspicious sign to build a monastery at this place. Hence the monastery got its name “Thiksey” meaning in perfect order.