Ghum Monastery

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Ghum Monastery
Ghoom Monastery.jpg
Ghum Monastery is located in West Bengal
Ghum Monastery
Ghum Monastery
Location within India
Coordinates 27°0′42″N 88°15′1″E / 27.01167°N 88.25028°E / 27.01167; 88.25028
Monastery information
Location Ghum, West Bengal, India
Founded by Lama Sherab Gyatso
Founded 1875
Type Tibetan Buddhist
Sect Gelug

Ghum Monastery or Ghoom Monastery is the popular name of Yiga Choeling Monastery located at Ghum at an elevation of 8,000 feet, 8 km from Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal, India.[1][2][3]

The monastery follows the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. There is a 15-feet high statue of "Maitreya Buddha" (Coming Buddha) in the monastery. It contains images of Buddha’s disciples, Chenrezi and Chongapa.[1]

It was built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso and is the largest of the three monasteries in Ghum.[1]

Amongst the Buddhist texts available are the Kangyur, the Tibetan Buddhist canon, running into 108 volumes. The monks fly prayer flags in the Tibetan tradition.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c d Agarwala, A.P. (editor), Guide to Darjeeling Area, 27th edition, p. 78, ISBN 81-87592-00-1.
  2. ^ "Religious shrines around Darjeeling". Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Monasteries in Darjeeling". Retrieved 2007-07-03.