Everyone talks about travelling to Sikkim and visiting the Rumtek Monastery, or to Arunachal and visiting the Tawang Monastery, but have you heard of these beautiful and obscure lesser known monasteries in India? Check out this list of lesser known monasteries in India for your next trip.
#1 Enchey Gumpa, Gangtok
In close proximity of Gangtok, stands the Enchey monastery (3 km away from the town centre) on a hill top. The site on which the monastery stands is believed to be blessed by the famous tantric master Druptob Karpo. It is said that this revered tantric, who had flying prowess, flew to this site from Maenam Hill in south Sikkim and built a small hermitage. Later, during the reign of Sikyong Tulku in the mid nineteenth century, the monastery was constructed in the shape of a Chinese Pagoda.
#2 Mindrolling Monastery, Dehradun
The Mindrolling Monastery is one of the largest Buddhist center in India, located in the Clement Town near to Rajaji National Park in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. Buddha temple of Dehradun is one of major tourist attraction and a great place of architectural marvel. It has one of the incredibly tallest statue of Lord Buddha with an height of 107 ft and one of the tallest stupa in India.
#3 Namdroling Monastery, Mysore
The Namdroling Monastery is the largest Buddhist center in the world, home to nearly 5000 monks and nuns, renowned as a center for the pure upholding of the teachings of the Buddha. It is located in the Mysore district of Karnataka state. established by His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche shortly after he came to India from Tibet, Namdroling Monastery is one of the most beautiful Buddhist temple with Tibetan mythology paintings and arts.
#4 Ghum Monastery, Darjeeling
The Ghum Monastery is situated at the hill regions of Eastern Himalaya range in Darjeeling,West Bengal, built in 1850 and one of the oldest. One of the key attractions inside the monastery is the 15-foot model of the Lord Buddha which is known as The Maitreya Buddha or the Gyalwa Shampa which means the Buddha of the future or the Coming Buddha. This statue was created with clay that was all brought from Tibet. In front of the Buddha’s statue there are two huge oil lamps that keep burning all the time and all through the year.
#5 Bodhimanda Vihara Monastery, Bodhgaya
Bodhimanda Vihara is the main monastery of Bodh Gaya now known as the Mahabodhi Temple. The Mahabodhi Temple is located in Gaya district of Bihar state where the Buddha have attained enlightenment, Its now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bodh Gaya is one of the four most important pilgrimage sites of Buddhist along with the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath.
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