Lalung monastery, (in) Lalung, Himachal Pradesh, IN

Raw data

"Lalung (Lha-lung) must once have been a major Buddhist centre. Today only two older temples remain on the hill, both containing clay sculptures attributable to the earliest phase of Buddhism in the area (10th to 13th centuries). One is a tiny provisional chapel on the side of a house at the edge of the flat hill-top. […]
The second site is the exceptional Golden Temple or Serkhang (gSer-khang) located on the crown of the hill."

"Following the Spiti River upstream, one passes by Tabo and the impressive village of Dangkhar, the former capital and seat of the Spiti ruler, to approach the picturesque village of Lalung [… in] in the Lingti valley. […]
General description, Pictures, 2D drawings, Developed view of ceiling."

"Lhalung Monastery, Lhalun Monastery or Lalung Monastery (also known as the Sarkhang or Golden Temple), was one of the earliest monasteries founded in Spiti, Himachel Pradesh, India, by the great Tibetan Buddhist lotswa (translator), Rinchen Zangpo, […] during the late 10th century CE. The altitude of the neighbouring village of Lhalun is 3,658 metres"

"(Lochen) Rinchen Zangpo (958–1055), also known as Mahaguru, was a principal lotsawa or translator of Sanskrit Buddhist texts into Tibetan during the second diffusion of Buddhism in Tibet (or the New Translation School or New Mantra School period). He was a student of the famous Indian master, Atisha.[1] His associates included (Locheng) Legpai Sherab. Zangpo's disciple Guge Kyithangpa Yeshepal wrote Zangpo's biography.[2] He is said to have built over one hundred monasteries in Western Tibet, including the famous Tabo Monastery in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh,[3] and Poo in Kinnaur.[4]",_India
Input by: tmciolek, Dec 16, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 18 Dec 2012

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Lalung monastery, IN.

General location of the Lalung monastery, IN.
Lat 32.14525 Long 78.23465
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2012.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=32.14525,78.23465&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India: Himachal Pradesh: Spiti Valley

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 32.14525 Long 78.23465 - based on visual identification of the most likely site in the village of Lalung, in satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 17 Dec 2012.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

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

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 32.14525 Long 78.23465 - from tmciolek's determination of coordinates of the likely site of the Lalung monastery, 17 Dec 2012.

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 1000-32p - tmciolek 18 Dec 2012
  • 1000-32p 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 18 Dec 2012

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • architectural, art stylistic

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

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

  • [missing data]

18. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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