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Tawang Buddhist Monastery

Buddhist Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh
Buddhist Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang Monastery is renowned for being the largest monasteries in India and the second largest in Asia, as it forms the core of the Lamaistic faith of the Mahayana school of Buddhism in the region. Situated at an elevation of 10,000 feet above the sea level, Tawang Monastery lies in a famous town Tawang, which offers tourists panoramic views of huge mountains, beautiful valleys, waterfalls and lakes. Tawang Gompa holds the distinction of being the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama. The monastery is also known by the name of Galden Namgyal Lhatse, which dates back to the year 1860-61.

Tawang Monastery belonging to Gelukpa sect & founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyamtso, is a quintessence of Buddhist architecture. Huge golden painted statue of Lord Buddha is one of the major attractions at this monastery and it also rich collection of invaluable manuscripts, books and thankas (depicting Lord Buddha as well as other tutelary deities in diverse poses). At the entrance of the monastery is a pond, which is a main source of water here known as Dung Gyur Mani.

Glorious and wide variety of exotic paintings can be seen at the entry gate, kakaling, as well as the ceiling stands and Dukhang, the assembly hall, is beautifully decorated with silver caskets and thankas, mainly of Goddess Sri Devi. Spreading over an area of 135 sq. m, the complex comprises of 65 residential buildings and 10 other structures. There is also a library, housing old scriptures with Kanjur and Tanjur numbering 850 bundles overall. Losar, Tibetan New Year and many religious festivals are celebrated here. The idle time to visit Tawang Monastery is from June to October.