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Tashiding Monastery

With the back drop of majestic Kanchenjunga, the guardian deity of  Sikkim, Tashiding Monastery is nestled on a heart shape hill top, situated between Rangit and Rathong rivers and offers the breathtaking view of snow capped Himalayas, deep gorges, valleys and forested hills. Tashiding Monastery is 40 kms away from Pelling and surrounded by a profusion of prayer flags that flutter in the air. This monastery belonging to the Nyingmapa  order.  According to the Buddhist scriptures, Guru Padmasambhava blessed the sacred land of  Sikkim in the 8th century AD from this place.

In the year of 1717 AD, during the reign of the third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal, Tashiding Monastery was built by Ngadak Sempa Chempo, one of the three lamas, who consecrated the first Chogyal in Yuksom.

Tashiding also famous for the most holy Chorten known as, “ Thong-Wa-Rang-Dol”, which literally means savious by mere sight and Bumchu ( holy water). Bumchu is a sacred pot containing holy water which does not dry up nor spoil and continues to have a fresh smell even 300 years later.

The Chorten was built by Lhatsun Chenpo and it is believed that merely viewing the Chorten or act of beholding it are enough to wash away all the sins of devotees.

The main building of the monastery which was built later in encircled by traditional buildings, chortens and mani ( stone plates). Holy Buddhist mantras like “ Om Mani Padme Hum”  are skillfully inscribed on the mani or stone platter by the master craftsman Yanchong Lodil.

Every year on 14th and 15th day of the first Lunar month, the annual festival of the Monastery, which is know as Bumchu Ceremnoy is celebrated with devotees coming from other places to get the blessing of the holy water. The sacred holy water is officially sealed for safety by lamas of the Monastery and taken out once in a year on the auspicious ceremony.

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