Ralang Monastery

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Not to be confused with Ralung Monastery in eastern Tibet.
Ralang Monastery
Ralong monastery - top view.jpg
Ralang Monastery
Ralang Monastery is located in Sikkim
Ralang Monastery
Ralang Monastery
Location within India
Coordinates: 27°19′42.16″N 88°20′5.5″E / 27.3283778°N 88.334861°E / 27.3283778; 88.334861
Monastery information
Location South Sikkim, Sikkim, India
Date renovated 1975-1981, expanded 1995 by 12th Gyaltsab Rimpoche
Type Tibetan Buddhist
Sect Kagyu
Number of monks Approx. 100
Festivals Pang Lhabsol, Chaam Dance (15th of the 7th month and 29th of the 10th month), Mahakala (9th month)

Ralang Monastery is a Buddhist monastery of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism in southern Sikkim, northeastern India. It is located six kilometres from Ravangla.[1]

According to legend, Ralang was built after the fourth Chogyal came back from his pilgrimage, when the 9th Karmapa[2] performed the Rabney (blessing). He threw grains from his residence in Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet and where the grains fell, eventually, became the site for the Ralang Monastery. [1]

The monastery underwent reconstruction in 1975-1981 and in 1995, a new monastery, known as Palchen Choeling Monastic Institute was built by the 12th Gyaltsab Rinpoche, which retained its Tibetan architecture.[1]

Ralang Monastery has an extensive collection of paintings and thangkas and is host to an annual festival, known as Pang Lhabsol when Mount Kangchenjunga is worshipped usually in September and ending in early December with the Kagyed.[1] Chaam masked dances are also organized every year, on the 15th day of the seventh month of the Buddhist calendar (August-September) and on the 29th day of the tenth month of the Buddhist calendar (December). [1]The Mahakala Dance takes place every year in the month of November.[1]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ralang Monastery". Buddhist-temples.com. Retrieved November 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556 - 1603)

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