Tango Monastery

Tango Monastery - top attraction of Thimphu

The Tango Monastery is the highest center of Buddhist learning in the Bhutan.The word ‘Tango’ in Bhutanese language means “horse head”. This name conforms to the main deity Hayagriva (local name Tandin) deified in the monastery . The Tango Monastery is located to the north of Thimphu near Cheri Mountain.

According to local legend, the location of this monastery is the holy place where Avalokiteshvara revealed himself as “the self-emanated form of the Wrathful Hayagriva”. The location had been prophesied in Tibet. The acclamation of the divine nature of this place was performed by Ngawang Tenzin.

Tango Monastery was founded by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo in the 13th century and built in its present form by Tenzin Rabgye, the 4th Temporal Ruler in 1688. In 1616, the Tibetan lama Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal meditated in its cave. The self-emanated form of the wrathful Hayagriva is deified in the monastery. It belongs to the Drukpa Kagyu School of Buddhism in Bhutan.

The 12-cornered monastery was built under the direction of the Gyalse Tenzin Rabgyein in a short span of two months. Basically the monastery has six temples namely, the Trulku lhakhang, the Longku lhakhang, the Choeku lhakhang, the Guru lhakhang, the Namsey Lhakhang and the Gonkhang (inner chapel dedicated to a deity).

There is a natural fountain in the middle of the courtyard opposite to the central tower. A chaitya known as Jangchub Chorten or Kudung Chorten, built with the ashes of Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye is located between the Dzong and the monastery.

The Yarney (‘Yar’ means “Summer” and ‘Ney’ means “To stay”) represents monks’ summer retreat time and is an important annual festival that is held in this monastery.

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Timing to Visit Tango Monastery

Visiting hours for all foreign visitors will be from 7 AM – 11 PM every day. Entry tickets can be purchased from the ticket counter. This monastery remain close during few holiday in Bhutan. Please check here for the holiday list of Bhutan.

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