Phodong Monastery

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Phodong Monastery
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Phodong Monastery
Phodong Monastery is located in Sikkim
Phodong Monastery
Phodong Monastery
Location within India
Coordinates 27°04′N 88°28′E / 27.067°N 88.467°E / 27.067; 88.467Coordinates: 27°04′N 88°28′E / 27.067°N 88.467°E / 27.067; 88.467
Monastery information
Location Sikkim, India
Founded by Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal
Type Tibetan Buddhist
Sect Kagyupa
Number of monks 260
Architecture Current building early 18th century
Festivals Chaam Dance (28 and 29th of the 10th month)

Phodong Monastery (or Phodang) is a Buddhist monastery in Sikkim, India. It is located 28 kilometres from Gangtok.[1] It was built in the early 18th century but an older monastery had pre-existed the current one.[1]

9th Karmapa was invited by the king of Sikkim, where he founded three monasteries : Rumtek, one of the most important monastery of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, Phodong and Ralang Monastery.[2]

It was reconstructed by Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal,[3] who was recognized as the reincarnation of his uncle, Sidkeong Namgyal, the abbot of the monastery.[4] The line was to be continued by Palden Thondup Namgyal

The monastery has a residence of approximately 260 monks and has a numerous collection of some ancient murals.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Phodang Monastery". Retrieved November 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556 - 1603)
  3. ^ Kuldip Singh Gulia, Mountains of the God
  4. ^ Mahendra P. Lama, Sikkim: society, polity, economy, environment

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