Yiga Choeling Monastery or Ghum Monastery
Ghoom Monastery is popularly known as- Yiga/Yoga Choeling Monastery. It is located at the hillocks of Eastern Himalaya range in Darjeeling at the Indian States of West Bengal. Ghoom/Ghum Monastery is one of oldest and largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in West-Bengal. It is nestled at an altitude of 8,000 feet and is sited 8 kilometres from the city of Darjeeling in India. The very first Tibetan Monastery in India was constructed in West Bengal. This oldest Buddhist pilgrimage was built by a famed-Mongolian monk- Sokpo Sherab Gyatso in 1850 who was an astrologer too. This Sacred place is associated with Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat sect. Inside the main sanctum, the idol installed is of Maitreya Buddha (Gyalwa Shampa) or the Future Buddha. The image of future Buddha in tthe main abode is 15 feet high.
Following are the Religious Occasions and the festivals commemorated in the temple complex:
Tibetan New Year: This is commenced for four days with special rituals and the customs which will fall on 22nd February this year.
Saka Dawa: The Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana of Buddha.
H.H. The Dalai Lama's birth anniversary: It will be observed on 6th July which celebrates the Birth of Dalai-Lama and the monastery performs one day holy programme for his long life.
Ngamchol: it is a Death
anniversary of Je-Tsongkhapa who was the establisher /co-founder of this monastery.