Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Khiraule Monastery

This is Khiraule village and the piece of land surrounded by the tall pine trees is Khiraule Monastery, also known as Ngonpo Thyakchhok Chholing Monastery located in Khiraule, Solukhumbu, Nepal.
Ngonpa Thyakchhok Chholing Monastery 
This is Khiraule, a small Sherpa village which lies at 27.546419 degree latitude and 86.816045 degree longitude in the eastern part of Nepal in Solukhumbu district. Situated at the south of Mt. Everest it has a very beautiful monastery called Ngonpa Thyakchhok Chholing Monastery. It is one of the oldest monasteries in Nepal and highly appreciated by the visitors for its mesmerizing and unique external design. The tall pine trees surrounding the monastery which are rarely found in Nepal are believed to be brought from Darjeeling more than hundred and fifty years ago by its patrons. Cultural significance of this monastery is equally valued because it is said that "Silent Meditation" ('ङ्युङ्ने ' in Sherpa and 'मौन ब्रत' in Nepali) actually first started from this monastery in eastern Nepal.

The mega earthquake measuring 7.8 Magnitude that hit Nepal on 25 April 2015, has destroyed the most important parts of the monastery. Because of lack of fund and resources no proper renovation has been done for this monastery yet. If it is properly renovated it can certainly attract more tourists because it lies on the major trekking route of Arun Valley Trek. Most of the tourists who wish to climb Mera Peak and Amphu Labse Pass step this village. Local people, local authority and mainstream media should play vital role for the renovation, development and preservation of this historic, cultural and touristic heritage.

Note: The attached pictures of the monastery and Khiraule village are taken on 06 December 2007.

Photo Courtesy : Ngima Sherpa

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