Ralang Monastery is situated in the southern part of Sikkim. It lies at a distance of approximately 6 km from Ravangla. There is a story attached to the construction of the monastery. After the fourth Chogyal came back from his pilgrimage, the Karmapa performed the Rabney (blessing). As per the ceremony, he threw grains from the Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet (the main seat of Karmapa). The ground where the grains fell, eventually, became the site for the Ralang Monastery. The monastery belongs to the Kagyupa order.
One of the most significant as well as the most blessed monasteries in Sikkim, Ralang also serves as the residence of approximately one hundred monks. The period of 1975-1981 saw reconstruction work being carried out in the monastery. Then, in 1995, a new monastery, known as Palchen Choeling Monastic Institute", was built. Constructed by the 12th Gyaltsab Rimpoche, the monastery still retains the genuine Tibetan architecture. One of the major attractions of the Ralang Gompa of India is its amazing collection of paintings.
Ralang monastery plays host to an annual festival, known as Pang Lhabsol or the worship of Mount Khangchendzonga and Kagyad. 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 sacred Mahakala Dance takes place every year in the month of November.
How to reach Ralang Monastery
The nearest airport is that of Bagdogra in West Bengal. It is well connected to Kolkata, Guwahati, Patna and Delhi.
The nearest railway station is at New Jalpaiguri.
Ravangla is approximately 4.5 hours from Siliguri by road. Regular bus and taxi services are available from Gangtok, Darjeeling and Pelling.
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|Location:||Approximately 6 km from Ravangla, Sikkim|
|Belongs To:||Kagyupa Order|