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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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  • Really peaceful place if you like serene surroundings. People who come here with children can really cause a ruckus but with adults that is not the case. Monastery in itself is one of the most...  more »
  • Amazing place, beautiful location indeed! The location of this monastery is like u'll feel to be in heaven. if u can trail nothing like it, but also u can drive.  more »
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  • A very pleasant place in Ravangla. You can spend the entire day here,you will not get bored.. The museum inside shows the life and work of Buddha by pictorial representation.
  • I think I have seen biggest Buddha temple on so much of heights. When we have visited it's like shower 🚿 (slow rains) with so much of clouds. So its even more difficult for us to see temple from parking area. But it's awesome place and must visit. It was not in our itinerary and buy paying extra we have visited and it's worth. Inside temple you will everything about Buddha.
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