Perched on an altitude of 4500 ft Phodong Monastery is one of the six most important monasteries in Sikkim and located around 35 kms from Gangtok town on Gangtok – North Sikkim Highway. Phodong Monastery was built during the 2nd quarter of the 18th Century (Possibly in 1740) by the Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal and it belongs to Kargyupa Sect (Karmapa).
Like Rumtek Monastery and Ralang Monastery the annual festival at Phodang Monastery takes place on the 28th and 29th day of the tenth month of the Tibetan Calendar (usually December). During this festival the Chaam Dance is performed by the monks along with religious rituals at the monastery.
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