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Urguelling Monastery


Urgeling Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh

Urguelling Monastery is a beautiful monastery located at a distance of 5km from Tawang town in Arunachal Pradesh. Its foundation was laid by Urgen Sangpo, the youngest brother of Terton Pempalingpa, the celebrated Treasure-Revealer. It was established in the 15th century. This place is the birth place of Tsangyang Gyatso, the Sixth Dalai Lama. The monastery is of great historic importance. There is no airport and railway station in Tawang, so road is the only way to reach here. Accommodation is easily available here.


Restoration of the Monastery:
The responsibility of the restoration and extension of the monastery was given to Chong-gye Gonpo Rabten in 1699 by Desi Sangye Gyamtso. The conspicuous structures of the new establishment were a double storied main temple, eight pillared assembly hall, a four pillared altar room, a two pillared chapel of protective deities, a residential quarters for the sixth Dalai Lama , a Ka-gyur house, a chapel for the practice of new Tantra, a huge courtyard with twenty pillars and twenty rooms for monks.


Destruction By Invaders:
The Mongols attacked the monastery in the 18th century. In order to save the statues and scriptures penned down in gold and silver transported from this monastery to Twang monastery during the attack.


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