Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery


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The ancestral temple of the Gulug Sect. 
 * History: from 1409
 * Distance from downtown:47.4km
 * Entrance fee: RMB40
 * Open Hours: 9:00-16:00
 * Address: Datse County, Lhasa, Tibet
 * Best visiting time: All year around


Ganden Monastery,lies at the top of Wangbur Mountain in a hilly natural amphitheater.It is 47.4km far from Lhasa.Its full name is Ganden Namgyal Ling. Ganden means “joyful” and is the Tibetan name for Tuṣita, the heaven where the bodhisattva Maitreya is said to reside. Namgyal Ling means “victorious temple”.

Ganden Monastery is the most special temple of the six Gulug Sect’s temples,and it is the head of them.It was founded by Je Tsongkhapa Lozang-dragpa in 1409.There were almost 4 thousands monks in the heyday.So to speak,the Ganden Monastery is the ancestral temple of the Gulug Sect. Ganden Tripa who is the successor of Tsongkhapa throne-holder lived here.The status of Ganden Tripa is only after Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama.

Ganden Monastery was completely destroyed during the rebellion of 1959. In 1966 it was severely shelled by Red Guard artillery, and monks had to dismantle the remains.The local peasants hided statue of Tsongkhapa successfully,which is the only cultural relic not be destroyed in Ganden Monastery.In 1969,the ruins were destroyed again,and all the building materials were handed out.End here,the 500 years history of the Ganden Monastery left nothing.A large number of monks escaped to south india,and built the other Ganden Monastery there.

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    cannot avoid the incident),
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