Traduk Monastery


Traduk temple or monastery was initially established in 641 A.D by the greatest 33rdking Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century, the name derived from two of meanings which are Tra (literal meaning for falcon) and Duk (dragon in Tibetan language). The temple is the earliest of Tibet’s great geomantic temples apart from the Jokhang temple in Lhasa, after assassination of the king Lang Dharma the temple was renovated and expanded in 1351 and later by 5th Dalai Lama, who added the golden roof. Later in the 18th century there are around 21 temples and again in 1988 according to the local peoples the monastery once again renovated. The monastery situated near the Yumbu Lhakhang in Tsedang with two floors and many chapels.




 

   History
Traduk monastery is historically one of the earliest temples in Tibet apart from Jokhang temple in Lhasa, that is also established by the great 33rdking Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century at 614 A.D. The temple originally a small one that was expanded by king Trisong Detsen, 5th Dalai Lama and 7th Dalai Lama respectively, in the 18th century there are around 21 temples even after huge destructions occurred during Cultural Revolution. The monastery is two floor building that contains many of small chapels along with the main assembly hall, many of amazing mural paintings all around the ground floor walls. And the major chapels are as below,


l  Mani Lhakhang.

l  Tsuklakhang.

l  Ngakpa Lhakhang.

l  Rabten Lhakhang.

l  Gongkhang.

l  Sangye Lhakhang.

l  Choegyal Lhakhang.

l  Tukje Lhakhang.

l  Dolma Lhakhang.

l  Tsepak Lhakhang.

l  Thudral Lhakhang.

l  Urgen Lhakhang.

l  Menlha Lhakhang.

l  Songma Lhakhang.

l  Druptop Lhakhang.

At present, the monastery was becoming more attentive from the world travelers and many of locals are also benefited with the attractions from the tourism industry, incense sellers and local peoples spent time near the monastery gate while pilgrimage.   

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