Tashiding Monastery, Yuksom

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Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim is yet another spot considered extremely sacred. Reason: It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava blessed Sikkim in 8th century from the land where Tashiding is located. Situated on a heart shaped hill, it is in an extremely beautiful place that offers an alluring view of Mount Kanchenjunga in the backdrop.

The Tashiding Monastery was constructed in the 18th century AD by Ngadak Sempa Chempo - one among the three lamas having performed Sikkim's first chogyal's consecration ceremony. There is also a famous chorten that Tashiding is renowned for. It is called the Thong-WaRang-Dol' which means 'Saviours by mere sight' and accordingly, it is believed that just a sight of the chorten by devotees will wash away all the sins.

There is yet another important event that Tashiding monastery is famous for. The gompa hosts the 'sacred water festival' every year. On the 14th and 15th day of the Lunar month every year, a ceremony called the Bhumchu ceremony is held at the monastery when the devotees will be blessed with the holy water. This holy water is taken out on an auspicious day once every year and is again sealed back by the lamas of the monastery safely.

 

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