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Monasteries of Sikkim
Monasteries of Sikkim
Sikkim's near about 200 monasteries or Gompas belonging to the Nyingma and Kagyu
order have not only been influencing the cultural heritage and lifestyle of
the people, but also demonstrates the ancient rituals in practice. Devoted Lamas
robed in red, chant ancient mantras to the rhythm of drums and trumpets while
soft lights flicker from decorative lamps placed before statues of the great
Guru Padmasambhava. Feel the peace and quiet of being one with nature and close
to the almighty as sacred words mingle with the whirring prayer wheels. The
Gompas are adorned with life-like frescoes of hoary Buddhist legends, rare silk
and brocade Thangkas. Also preserved here, are ancient Tibetan manuscripts,
exquisitely carved wood work and icons of silver and gold.
Pemayangtse Monastery is situated in West Sikkim at Gyalshing (140 kms. from
Gangtok) and commands an impressive view of Mount khanchendzonga. This monastery
belongs to the Nyingma order and all other Nyingma monasteries in Sikkim are
subordinate to it.
24 Kms. from Gangtok, a drive through beautiful countryside takes one to Rumtek
Dharma Chakra centre built in 1960'S by his holiness the late 16th GYALWA
KARMAPA when he took refuge in Sikkim after the Chinese attack. It houses
some of the worlds most unique art objects, ancient manuscripts and icons.
This monastery is situated in Gangtok on a hill top. It was built during the
reign of Thutob Namgyal.
This monastery was built in 1721 during the time of Jigme Pawo. In 1947 it
was completely gutted by a devastating fire. However it was rebuilt in 1948.
It is present in North Sikkim.
This monastery is in North Sikkim 28 kms. from Gangtok. The original monastery
is rebuilt and is today one of the most beautiful monasteries in Sikkim.
This is another important monastery belonging to the Nyingmapa order and is
about 40 Kms. from Gyalshing by road via Legship (West Sikkim). It lies nestled
on the top of a hill that looms up between the Rathong river and the Rangit
river and is surrounded by a profusion of Prayer flags that flutter in the
SANGA CHELLING MONASTERY
Sanga chelling means ' the island of esoteric teaching'. This monastery was
built in 1697 and is situated about 7 kms. from Pemayangste. It is said to
be the oldest monastery in Sikkim.
Dubdi means 'the retreat' and this monastery was built in 1700. It is located
near Yuksum on a hill top. One has to travel by foot to reach it.
This monastery is located just above the famous near Yukusm.
Melli basically means 'a lepcha village'. This monastery is also located near
Sinon means 'the suppressor of intense fear'. The monastery was built in 1716
and is located about 10 kms. from Tashiding on a hill top.
Dalling means 'the thunderbolt'. This monastery was built in 1840 and is situated
near kwezing in .
An important seat of the Nyingma order, the Enchey Monastery is built on the
site blessed by Lama Druptob Karpoa tantric master known for his power of flying.
This monastery in North Sikkim was built in 1721 during the time of Jigme Pawo.
In 1947 it was completely gutted by a devastating fire. However it was rebuilt
in 1948 thangs largely to the devotion of the Lamas and the unstinted spot of
Yangyang means 'the ridge of fortune'. This monastery was built in 1840 and
is situated at a place called Yangyang 10 kms. downhill from Rabongla.
This monastery is located in Namchi, the district headquarters of south district
and was constructed during the reign of Chogyal Gurmed Namgyal.
This monastery is located near Kwezing in South Sikkim. It was built during
the reign of Chogyal Thutob Namgyal.
This monastery is situated in near Singtam town. It was built during the reign
of Chogyal Tsudphud Namgyal.
HEE GYATHANG MONASTERY
This monastery is located in and follows the Nyingma sect of Buddhism.
This monastery is located in the Zongu area of North Sikkim. CHAWANG
This monastery is located near Phensang which is on the highway between Gangtok
amd Mangan. It was built during the reign of Chogyal Tshudphud Namgyal .
This monastery is located in bout 63 kms. from Gangtok.
This monastery is located in East Sikkim near Pakyong. The present structure
of the monastery was built during the reign of Chogyal Thutob Namgyal.
This monastery was constructed in 1952 and follows the Nyingma sect of Buddhism.
It is situated in South Sikkim above Singtam.
This monastery in North Sikkim was built in 1806 and follows the Nyingma sec
This monastery in North Sikkim was built in Sikkim 1880 and also follows the
Nyingma sect of Buddhism.
This monastery is situated near Rumtek and was built in 1912.
This monastery is situated near Rabongla in South Sikkim.