Monasteries in Sikkim
Monasteries form an integral part of Sikkim tourist places. The depiction of a rich cultural heritage and religious lifestyle of the Sikkim peoples are closely interlinked with the monastery culture. There are almost about 250 monasteries or Gompas of Nyingma and Kagyu order in Sikkim. Guru Padmasambhava is the presiding deity at all this monasteries. The culture of Sikkim is closely related to Tibetan Buddhism. Monasteries form a vital part of Sikkim. Most of the monasteries belong to the Nyingmapa Sect or the Kargyupa Sect. Buddhism is an essential part of Sikkim and its culture. Many of them recommend trips to observe the striking Sikkim tourist places which have a monastery as their eventual destination. The monasteries that are closest to Gangtok are Enchey, Rumtek and Phodong.
It is one of the largest monastery in the Eastern Himalaya. It was built by the Gyalwa Karmapa in strict accordance with the traditional designs of the Kagyurpa monastery in Tibet. This renovated monastery is decorated with tenkhas and fescoes. The main Temple of the Dharma Chakra Centre also has a 31 feet high Golden Stupa. It abodes some of the worlds most unique art objects, ancient manuscripts and icons.
This is one of the oldest and most important monasteries of Sikkim tourist places.This monastery belongs to the Nyingma-pa sect. It is a three storied building of the monastery having with a good collection of wall paintings and sculptures. This monastery is also famed for its scenic location as it commands an inspiring view of Mount Khanchendzonga.
This monastery A 200 year old structure situated in Gangtok on a hill top. The monastery includes various images of Gods and goddesses along with the several religious stuffs. And this monastery is well known for the mask dance called ‘Cham’ performed in the month of January.
This monastery is situated on a hilltop looming between the Rathong and the Rangit rivers. It is lying in the western part of Sikkim. The Tashiding Monastery is around 40 kms from Gyalshing by road.
This monastry is situated in the North Sikkim. I was builted in the year 1721. There are around 300 monks in the monastery. This monastery was completely demolished by fire in 1947 and it was rebuilt in 1948.
Phodong Monastery is one of the most beautiful monastery in Sikkim.It is 28 kms away from Gangtok.This Monastery was also rebuilt. Ancient wall paintings are piled up in this monastery which is put on display during its annual festival. Religious dances are an integral part of this festival.
There are also much more monasteries like Ralong Monastery, Tsuk-La-Khang Monastery, Pal Zurmang Kagyud Monastery, Dalling Monastery, Kewzing Monastery, Dubdi Monastery, Yangyang Monastery, Namchi Monastery, Khatok Monastery etc… Many Buddhist monasteries are repositories of artistic treasures, including wall paintings, tankas, and bronze images. You can explore beautiful Sikkim tourist places if you make a trip.