Ralang Monastery, Sikkim

Ralang Monastery of Namchi or New Ralang Monastery is located 6 kilometres from Ravangla in the south of Sikkim, in India. This monastery belongs to the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. There is a legend that goes around related to the establishment of the Ralang Monastery. It is said that it was built when 12th Karmapa performed the Rabney (blessing) after the fourth Chogyal came back from his pilgrimage. The 12th Karmapa spread grains from his residence at Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet and the grains dropped on the spot where the Ralang Monastery was built eventually.

Ralang Monastery is undoubtedly a spectacular attraction in Sikkim. The serene ambience of the monastery gives an immediate feel of spirituality and sacredness in the mind of the visitors. It has an exclusive collection of Buddhist paintings and thangkas which reflects the Buddhist art. Trekking in the midst of the captivating scenic beauty all around is an added attraction in the visit of Ralang Monastery. The best time to visit Ralang Monastery is from April to June. The most celebrated festival at this monastery is the Pang Lhabsol which takes place in the month of August. One can also visit Ralang Monastery during this festival to observe the beauty of the Buddhist culture. Mount Kanchenjunga is worshipped during this festival. It is observed by performing Cham masked dance and Mahakala dance.

Timings

Ralang Monastery open at 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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