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Spiritual Tours to Urguelling Monastery

Urguelling Monastery, Tawang
Urguelling Monastery, Tawang (Credit.53)
The sacred Urguelling Monastery was built in the 15th century by Urgen Sangpo and since then it is standing apart singing the legacy of Buddhist culture. Surrounded by the graceful Himalayas and the picturesque Tawang-Chu valley, the Urguelling monastery is located at 5kms from Tawang town in northeastern Arunachal Pradesh. Considered as one of the most sacred monasteries of Arunachal Pradesh, this monastery is a celebrated birthplace of His Holy Highness the sixth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Gyamtso, 1683 CE. It is the place where the Buddhist lamas and monks following the Lamaistic Mahayana school of thought and come to satisfy their spiritual aspirations.

Urguelling Monastery was rebuilt, restored and enlarged in 1699 by Desi Sangye Gyamtso. This beautiful Buddhist monastery had a double storied main temple, an assembly hall with eight pillars, an altar room with four pillars, a deity with two pillars, a residential quarter for His Holy Highness the sixth Dalai Lama and a chapel to practice the Tantrik methods. Also a Ka-Gyur house and a courtyard with twenty rooms built as the residential quarters of monks and Lamas.

This beautiful monastery in the year 1706 stopped functioning, when the sixth Dalai Lama was deposed by Lajang Khan. The Mongols attacked the monastery, in order to save the statues and scriptures penned down in gold and silver transported from this monastery to Tawang monastery during the attack. Today the Urguelling monastery houses a single temple and shelters some of the monks who lead a simple life and practice meditation and other Buddhist practices.