I took this picture last November when I visited Rabangla in south Sikkim. This is the picture of Ralong Monastery. Its located at a distance of 12 km from Ravangla. Ralong Monastery was built to commemorate the successful pilgrimage of the fourth Chogyal to Tibet. According to legends, when the fourth Chogyal returned to Namchi from his pilgrimage in Tibet, he performed the 'Rabney' (traditional blessing) ritual, during which, he tossed some grains from the Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet. The Ralong Monastery is said to be erected at the site where the grains fell.
The original monastery is situated 13 km away from Ravangla and the trail to reach this place, goes through a difficult terrain. In the year 1995, a new monastery was built in the town, in order to make it accessible to people. The Ralong Monastery was built by 12th Gyaltsab Rinpoche and is renowned for its Tibetan architecture. It is also known by the name of ‘Palchen Choeling Monastic Institute'. In today’s time, the Ralong Monastery is considered to be one of the biggest monasteries in Sikkim and houses a good collection of paintings.
The festival called Pang Lhabsol is celebrated here by monks, annually. The monks perform the Kagyed dance, to express their happiness, on the eve of festival. The monks also perform another form of dance called the Mahakala dance, to celebrate the religious reasons, during the month of November.
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Noel_Byrne (7329) 2013-03-12 6:40
I was looking forward to coming back to this one since I see the thumbnail in your gallery.
What spectacular architecture, and with such excellent bright and vivid colours. It seems even the sky is envious of the building, and is trying to make itself as vivid and blue as it possibly can.
This is the first time I have enjoyed Tibetan architecture here on Treakearth, so thank you for sharing this. Your point of view is perfect!
All the best
- Copyright: Nilanjan Nandy (nilanjann) (67)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-11-14
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D5100, *AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, 52 mm UV
- Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-03-01 11:12