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Ralang Gompa || Ralang Gompa

Ralang Monastery also known as Karma Rabtenling monastery is situated at a distance of 8 kilometres from Ravangla. Ralang Monastery is regarded as one of the most sacred and most important monasteries in Sikkim. Legend has it that this monastery was built to honor the successful pilgrimage of the fourth Chogyal to Tibet. Upon his return the Karmapa performed the Rabney (blessing) and threw grains from Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet (the main seat of Karmapa). The ground where the grains fell, eventually, became the site for the Ralang Monastery.
A new monastery of "Palchen Choeling Monastic Institute- was constructed in 1995. It was constructed by the XIIth Gyaltsab Rimpoche who is regarded amongst the four regents of the Kagyu sect. The Monastery has an extensive collection of paintings and thangkas and is host to the annual festival Pang Lhabsol and the Kagyed Cham every year.