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Khecheopalri Lake – A Sacred Lake in Sikkim

By Akshatha Vinayak

Khecheopalri Lake is located 135 km away from Gangtok, West Sikkim. It is known as the "wish fulfilling lake" and is considered sacred by Buddhists.

Various legends and folklore are associated with Khecheopalri lake. Many stories about Guru Padmasambhava and mythology regarding Buddhist goddess Tara is related with the lake. Hence, Khecheopalri lake is considered sacred and is a major Buddhist pilgrim site in Sikkim.

The Khecheopalri lake is protected as biodiversity reserve and is also kept away from pollution because of its religious significance.

An interesting fact is that birds don't allow any leaves to float in this lake. As soon as a leaf falls, birds come and pick them up. Locals relate this phenomenon with folklore and other legends.

Khecheopalri lake, originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri (meaning the heaven of Padmasambhava) has a spiritual touch and a beautiful scenery.

Khecheopalri Lake
  

Khecheopalri Lake

Foot bridge towards the lake

Photo Courtesy: Kothanda Srinivasan

 

Khecheopalri Village
  

Khecheopalri Village

Khecheopalri Village near the lake
Photo Courtesy: Kothanda Srinivasan

 Khecheopalri Lake Broadwalk
  

Khecheopalri Lake Broadwalk

A path leading to the lake
Photo Courtesy: Sranmsin

A Stupa
  

A Stupa

A stupa near Khecheopalri Lake
Photo Courtesy: Sinha, Mamta

Khecheopalri Lake
  

Khecheopalri Lake

A view of the pristine lake
Photo Courtesy: Kothanda Srinivasan

 A Board at the Entrance
  

A Board at the Entrance

A description about Khecheopalri lake.
Photo Courtesy: Kothanda Srinivasan

The Prayer Flags
  

The Prayer Flags

Prayer flags flung at the lake.

Photo Courtesy: Kothanda Srinivasan

 

A Stone Shrine
  

A Stone Shrine

A small shrine on the banks of the lake.
Photo Courtesy: Sujay25

Beautiful Monastery
  

Beautiful Monastery

A monastery situated near the lake.
Photo Courtesy: Sujay25

Trident at the lake
  

Trident at the lake

Sacred clothes tied to the trident (trishul)
Photo Courtesy: Sujay25

The Foot Bridge
  

The Foot Bridge

Foot bridge decorated in prayer flags at the lake.
Photo Courtesy: Sujay25

 Another Stupa
  

Another Stupa

Another stupa near Khecheopalri lake.
Photo Courtesy: Sujay25

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