Kegya monastery, (near) Burang/Pulan, Xizang, CN

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Kegya Monastery is located in Kegya which is about 100 kilometers away from southeast of Pulan County, Ngari. Kegya Monastery is very famous in Ngari. The statue of Manjushri which is enshrined in the Kegya Monastery was ever blessed by Renqin Sangshi who was an eminent monk. The Kegya is near to Nepal. It is located on south of the Himalayas. […] It is a folk passage from Nepal to Tibet.
The Kegya Monastery means "settle down" in Tibetan language. It belongs to Sakya Sect. The scale of Kegya Monastery is very small. […]
The legend about origin of Kegya Monastery and a story about Prince Luosang is the most ancient and most well-know legend in Pulan. […]
After the Buddha statue completed, Dela King invited Renqin Sangbu to get this Buddha statue blessed. Then, Dela King moved this Buddha statue from Xiagalin to Gar by cart. On the way, the cart did not stop for a second. When the cart reached Jimatang, it was stopped for stones. When Dela King and other people were worrying about the cart, the statue of Manjushri said that "I will settle there since I attach to there". Since then, the Jimatang was named "Kegya".
After that, people built the earliest Kegya Monastery on that stone and enshrined that silver statue of Manjushri on that stone. Then, the fame of Kegya Monastery spread far and wide. Many pilgrims came here to worship.” -

“Located in Kegya Village, Pulan County, Ngari Prefecture of Tibet Autonomous Region, Kegya Monastery belongs to the Sagya Sect (or Stripe Sect) of Tibetan Buddhism built in 996 A.D. by master Rin chen Rgyal mtshan. "Kegya" means "to settle down" in Tibetan language.
As recorded, Kegya Monastery was founded before the Kegya Village, which was built with the monastery as the center and just named after it.

“Nestled in Kegya Village, Burang County, Ngari of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Kegya Monastery is one of the key heritage sites under state protection. With the rapid development of Ngari's tourism, the time-honored Kegya Monastery embraced more and more believers from Nepal, India and regions in Ngari for pilgrimage in recent years.” -
Input by: tmciolek, Feb 14, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 14 Feb 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Kegya monastery, CN.

General location of the Kegya monastery, CN.
Lat 30.19563 Long 81.26801
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=30.19563,81.26801&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Xizang Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 30.19563 Long 81.26801 - based on visual identification of the site in maps/satellite imagery, and and google images, - tmciolek, 14 Feb 2013.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 0967-99c - tmciolek 14 Feb 2013
  • 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

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13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 14 Feb 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Architectural, oral tradition

16. Additional notes

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17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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18. Available Printed Literature

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