A Stupa is a symbol of Buddha’s Teaching. It is like a time capsule in which Buddha’s relics, Holy Dharma Books and Buddha statues are sealed for future generations.
Construction for the Ladakh Shanti Stupa started in 1983 by Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura and the Temple attached to the Stupa was inaugurated in 1985 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Ladakh Shanti Stupa was inaugurated in 1991. Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura (founder of Ladakh Shanti Stupa) supervised all construction work without a contractor. However, both the Central Government and the State Government supported his work. Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi donated the funds for the Shanti Stupa road, the Defense Ministry provided construction materials and the State Government provided timber for the Stupa. Members of all the Ladakhi Buddhist community worked voluntarily for three days.
Buddhist people in Japan and common people from India contributed financial support.
Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura came to India in 1976 and arrived in Ladakh in 1979, invited by Buddhist people in Ladakh who requested that he make Shanti Stupa. At last, he could obtain this sacred site.
Ladakh Shanti Stupa is a symbol of Peace, Unity and Buddhist Teaching.