Tsuk La Khang Monastery in Gangtok

It is the centre of prayers in Gangtok

It is the centre of prayers in Gangtok | Photo credit: Wikipedia / Bogman

Tsuk La Khang Monastery Overview

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The Tsuklakhang Royal Chapel and Monastery is a palatial monastery in Gangtok. The imperial chapel of the palace is located in the palace grounds and is the centre for prayers and also has an impressive collection of Buddhist scriptures and literature.

The walls and altars of the monastery are lavishly decorated with murals and images of Buddha, Bodhisattva and other tantrik deities of Buddhism. The Tsukhalang Palace has served as the venue for coronation of kings, royal marriages and victory ceremonies.

The monastery also hosts several Buddhist festivals through the year such as Phang Lhabsol and the Tibetan New Year. If you happen to visit during any of the festivals you must go to see the famous mask dances that are performed by the monks here.

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