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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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  • Good Place Best part is prayer time you can be in to the room and canteen serves good & testy foods.  more »
  • This monastery is a must visit place if you are staying at ravangla. The road towards the monastery is beautiful and during summer it gives us an awesome view of mountain. The place itself is very qui...  more »
  • Surrounded by hills where cloud plays with forest. Very peaceful place. It's just 6-7 km from Ravangla. Most beautiful monastery I ever seen in Sikkim. Nice place to spend 1-2 hours.  more »

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