Tashiding Monastery

Tashiding Monastery

This monastery is constructed on top of a heart shaped hill with the back drop of the sacred Mt. Khangchendzonga. According to Buddhist scriptures Guru Padmasambhava, blessed the sacred land of Sikkim in the 8th century AD from this spot. The monastery, however, was built in the 18th Century AD by Ngadak Sempa Chempo, one of the three Lamas who had performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal.

Tashiding Monastery Tashiding is also famous for the most holy Chorten known as 'Thong-WaRang-Dol' which literally means 'Saviours by mere sight'. It is believed that the mere act of beholding it is supposed to wash away all the sins of the devotees. Another important feature is the sacred water festival unique to this monastery only. Every year, on 14th and 15th day of the first Lunar month, the Bhumchu Ceremony is organised with devotees coming from far and near to get the blessing of the holy water. The sacred holy water is officially sealed for safety by the lamas of the Monastery. It is taken out once a year on an auspicious occasion, only to be put back with some fresh additions.