Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery

The Rumtek monastery, a replica of the Tsurphu monastery of Kham region of Tibet belongs to the Kargyupa sect. It was founded during the reign of the fourth Chogyal in 1740 in the East District. Having a four storeyed building, it is the biggest monastery of Sikkim. Consequent upon the Chinese aggression over Tibet, His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa, the 16th incarnate of the Gyalwa Karmapa of Tibet came to Rumtek with a number of monks. The then Chogyal gifted him a large piece of land at Rumtek village to build a monastery and also develop a centre for religious studies.

Rumtek Monastery The monastery has a special prayer hall, very impressive murals and thanka paintings and 1001 miniature golden images of Lord Buddha. It also has a religious centre by the name of Dharma Chakra Centre and a big residential-cum prayer hall. It also has an impressive library and special rooms for the high ranking incarnate Lamas.

The monastery overlooking Gangtok receives a large number of devotees and tourists throughout the year. Behind the main monastery is an extremely impressive and elaborately decorated Karma Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Studies, wherein students from all over the world are enrolled. There is also a small hall having a beautiful jewel studded Chorten known as the Golden Stupa. It has the ashes and remains of His Holiness, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa.