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Pemayangtse Monastery: A living monument of tranquility and tibetan Buddhism in Sikkim
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Pemayangtse Monastery: A living monument of tranquility and tibetan Buddhism in Sikkim

| @indiablooms | 08 Jun 2023, 03:15 am

Pelling, West Sikkim - Nestled atop a serene mountaintop in Pelling, the Pemayangtse Monastery stands as a testament to the rich legacy of Tibetan Buddhism.

Revered for its breathtaking views of the Himalayas, this ancient monastery is a sanctuary of spiritual peace and a symbol of the esteemed Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, according to a report by The Bhutan Live.

Founded in 1705 by Lama Lhatsun Chempo, Pemayangtse Monastery holds a mysterious past that matches its serene ambiance.

Initially established to accommodate the "pure monks" who devoted themselves to celibacy and the vows of the Nyigma lineage, the monastery has expanded and evolved over time, incorporating religious importance, culture, and history.

The architecture of Pemayangtse Monastery showcases a harmonious blend of artistic excellence and spiritual symbolism. Spanning three stories, each with its own unique atmosphere and significance, the monastery's walls are adorned with intricate wooden sculptures, vibrant murals, and ancient scrolls depicting the life of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism.

At the heart of the monastery lies the awe-inspiring masterpiece known as 'Zangdok Palri.' This seven-tiered painted wooden sculpture portrays the celestial abode of Guru Padmasambhava, a creation of the late Dungzin Rinpoche.

A testament to the aesthetic brilliance and spiritual wisdom of the Nyingma tradition, this sculpture exemplifies the monastery's fusion of art and spirituality.

Beyond its artistic grandeur, Pemayangtse Monastery serves as a spiritual refuge in accordance with the teachings of the Nyingma tradition.

Sacred objects, including statues of Padmasambhava and his manifestations, grace the monastery, while the air is filled with the scent of incense and the soft recitation of ancient mantras.The atmosphere exudes serenity and spiritual upliftment, as reported by The Bhutan Live.

An annual highlight at Pemayangtse Monastery is the vibrant "Cham" religious dance festival. During this exuberant display of color and culture, monks adorned in traditional garments perform story dances. These rhythmic movements are believed to ward off evil spirits and invite prosperity.

The Pemayangtse Monastery stands as a steadfast symbol of the Nyingma and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. It offers a profound spiritual journey for seekers and a captivating historical experience for enthusiasts, set against the majestic backdrop of the Kanchenjunga range and the tranquility of the Pelling hills.

With whispers of ancient knowledge carried by the wind in its serene corners, the Pemayangtse Monastery remains a living monument, a sanctuary of tranquility, and a powerful storyteller of Sikkim's vibrant and rich heritage, as highlighted in a report by The Bhutan Live.

(With ANI Inputs)

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