Tawang Monastery Tawang Arunachal Pradesh


Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh is the largest monastery in India. It was founded near the small town of the same name in the northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh state of India by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1680-1681. The Monastery is housed with more than 500 monks. It has also a centre of Buddhist Cultural Studies where young monks are provided basic education besides traditional monastic education. Now a day, Tawang Monastery is also light up with tiny bulbs emitting its perfect shape and size for the viewers at night. Tawang Monastery was founded by a monk Mera Lama Lodre Gyatso a contemporary of His Holiness Fifth Dalai Lama in 17th century AD. The monastery complex is comprises of more than 65 residential buildings meant for monks. The Monastery also houses the establishment of the Head Priest, living chambers of the Lamas, an ancient library and antique museum.
Tawang Monastery Arunachal Pradesh
The monastery is at an elevation of about 3,300 metres (10,000 ft) in the district capital, Tawang Town. It has a capacity of about 700 monks and presently is home to more than 450 lamas. It is said to be one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in the world outside of Lhasa, Tibet.It also houses the three-storied Parkhang library: a collection of 400-year-old Kangyur scriptures in addition to many other invaluable manuscripts. ther large collections include the Sutras, Tangym, Sungbhum, old books and other manuscripts, both handwritten and printed, many of them in gold. Dances and ceremonial celebrations are held in the courtyard, the most important of which is held on the night of Buddha Poornima.

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