Nov. 27, 2018

The Incredible India campaign has goofed up on Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh, suggesting that the 338-year-old monastery, was built just three decades ago in 1980-81.


  • Location: It is located in Tawang city of Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh. Tezpur Airport is the nearest airport at a road distance of 350 kilometres.

  • Size: It is the largest monastery in India and second largest in the world after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.

  • Name: Tawang Monastery is known in Tibetan as Gaden Namgyal Lhatse, which translates to "celestial paradise in a clear night."

  • History: It was in 1680-1681 in accordance with the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso (1617–1682).

  • Religion: It belongs to the Gelug school of Mahayana Buddhism.

  • Architecture and other features:
    • The monastery is triple storied with a large assembly hall, ten other functional structures and with 65 residential quarters for students, Lamas and monks.

    • The main temple in the monastery is known as the Dukhang.

Source : The Hindu