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Ralong Monastery, Ravangla

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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.According to legend, Ralang was built after the fourth Chogyal came back from his pilgrimage, when the 12th Karmapa 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.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.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. 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). The Mahakala Dance takes place every year in the month of November.
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  • A large modern monastery, impressive but far from being the nicest we've seen in Sikkim. Very peaceful like all other monastery and seems quite modern and recent, but lacks the charm you will find in ...  more »
  • Another big monestry , with so many students to learn things , have gift shop and a good veg restaurant (omlette available :-) ) to stop your hunger  more »
  • Ralong monastery in South Sikkim was built after the return of the fourth Chogyal from his pilgrimage to Tibet. The Karmapa [head of the Karma-Kagyu order] performed the blessing ceremony on its compl...  more »

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