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Ranka Monastery, Gangtok Overview

Also known as Lingdum Monastery, the Ranka Monastery which follows the Zurmang Kagyud lineage of Buddhism is situated at a distance of 20 km from Gangtok. The regal monastery is spread over a vast area and provides fantastic scenic views to the tourists. Considered as one of the most significant and glorious monasteries in East Sikkim, being relatively new is one of the primary reasons why it is not talked about a lot. The beauty of the Ranka Monastery has, however, attracted some filmmakers here, and it has been a part of several Bollywood movies that have been shot here.

The Ranka Monastery is one of the most pictorial monasteries in East Sikkim due to the presence of beautifully forested mountains on its borders. Near it lies a 2-storey building with classrooms for the young lamas to study in. Whenever there is a break, the courtyard gets filled with monks wearing beautiful robes coloured in red and saffron. Visitors can also click pictures with the monks who stay in full energy. There are a restaurant and a gift shop on the premises for relaxation.

Another major attraction here is the Banjhakri Falls which is situated near the sublime monastery. Adventure lovers are going to have a great time here for they can experience the fun of paragliding from here to a nearby place. Ranka Monastery is going to provide you with a lot of spiritualism combined with exquisite views. The beauty of this place is worth admiring and do not forget to interact with the young monks who are trained here.

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Religious Importance of Ranka Monastery

Ranka Monastery holds great importance for the people of Sikkim as the natives consider themselves lucky to have this monastery as a part of their land. Being at this tranquil spot gives you a sense of relief with the monks continually uttering their prayers. The surrounding serene and peaceful environment renders a heavenly bliss to the monastery and adds to its significance.

History & Architecture of Ranka Monastery

The Ranka Monastery was built in 1998 CE and is the seat of Zurmang Charwang Rinpoche who, at present, is considered to be the 12th incarnation of this ancestry. Since this monastery is relatively new, it is run by young monks. It has been constructed in the typical Tibetan style of architecture and is spread along a great area offering picturesque views. Inside the sanctum lies a vast gold-plated statue of Lord Buddha in the lotus position. In addition to this, there are low tables present in the sanctum as well where the lamas read their prayer books.

To make Ranka Monastery more attractive, there are many exquisite paintings and wall hangings adorned in the inner sanctum. Also, for the young lamas to undergo their training, there is a 2-storey building constructed along the edge of the courtyard consisting of several classrooms.

Bhumchhu Festival

The most famous festival celebrated in the monastery is Bhumchhu of which a large number of Buddhist pilgrims from Bhutan and other neighbouring areas become a part. The holy water festival is celebrated here with great enthusiasm every year. During this festival, on the fourteenth and fifteenth day of the Lunar month every year, a ceremony known as the Bhumchu ceremony takes place in which the followers are sanctified with holy water. The water is taken out of Ranka monastery once every year at the time when this festival is held. The water is sealed and stored back safely after the festival gets over.

Since this festival is considered to be very auspicious by the devotees, nobody ever misses a chance to become a part of it. Tens and thousands of followers gather at this place to observe the godly parade. Queues are formed by people starting from midnight to receive the heavenly water. The enthusiasm of the people who wait in long queues for this festival just to get a sip of the holy water is worth applauding. This festival goes on for three days. Apart from this, the Lohsar festival too is celebrated here with great enthusiasm.

Best Time To Visit Ranka Monastery

The perfect time to explore the Ranka Monastery is from October to November and from March to May since the climate is quite pleasant and enjoyable at the same time.

Tips For Visiting Ranka Monastery

1. No plastic carry bags are used or sold here.
2. In the public areas of Sikkim, littering, smoking or spitting is considered as a punishable offence and can lead you to pay a huge amount of fine. There are bins present on the streets to throw garbage.
3. Do not hurt the religious sentiments of the locals.
4. While visiting the monastery, wear decent clothes covering the knees and shoulders. Also, make sure not to point your feet towards the Buddha's statue.

How To Reach Ranka Monastery

Ranka Monastery is situated at a distance of around 15-20 km from Gangtok. You can hire a taxi and reach the monastery easily. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, you can hop on a bus at the Gangtok Bus Stand.

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