Yuru Kabgyat festival is festival Jammu and Kashmir.It is a Buddhist festival.
This two day festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in a monastery of Lamayuru, in the month of July. It attracts hundreds of Budhists from far and near to attend this two day festival of Jammu and Kashmir. Budhists come from Tibet, Korea, China and Japan to be a part of the festival. Colorfully dressed Buddhist monks come to attend this festival. The theme of the festival is ‘Victory of good over evil’.
Mask dances are part of the Buddhists tradition. The dance form is known as Chham Dance. The dance drama is a very rich and joyful experience. Through this dance, the aim is to appease the diety and drive away calamities and protect the people from all evil spirits.
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. The main figures participating are the Yama or the Lord of Death and Padmasambhava or the second Buddha. He is regarded as a protector of mankind and all other living beings. This dance is a renowned dance drama which is held every year during the Yuru Kabgyat festival. This dance drama concludes with sacrificial offerings.