Buddha Statue in Sikkim…Breathtaking!
Sikkim is the most serene and peaceful place I have ever been to. The topsy turvy drives of beautiful mountainous roads, blooming wildflowers of Yumthang valley, and the graceful figures of calm Buddha made me fall in love with the charm of nature. Sikkim as a northeastern state is sharing its border with Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, and West Bengal. The Kingdom of Sikkim was established by the Buddhist prince Phuntsog Namgyal, whose ancestors had wandered over from eastern Tibet sometime in the 14th century.
Namgyal became the first Chogyal (priest-king) of Sikkim in 1642 when he was consecrated by three Wise Men at Yuksom. This state is not only famous for Trekkings, Paragliding, Bike rides but also majorly for Pilgrimage Tourism. What attracted me the most is the contented buddha faces I observed all around Sikkim. Here I’m jotting a few of the best memories of my Sikkim trip.
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TATHAGATA TSAL – Famous Buddha Statue in Sikkim
Tathagata Tsal is one of the most beautiful Buddha parks in Ravangla and has one of the most popular Buddha Statue in Sikkim. The people of Ravangla created this appealing Buddha Park which has the most beautiful statue of Sakyamuni Buddha which can be seen clearly from all sides of Southwest Sikkim near Ravangla and from a few areas of West Sikkim.
It is an alluring green Place for visitors to relish ample peace with spacious pathways for peaceful strolls as well as picturesque surroundings. One of the most charming features of the park is a little pathway behind the statue-lined on one side by spinning gold prayer wheels and the other side with a little statue showing Buddha in his many poses or mudras.
During my visit to Sikkim, I dealt with a chilling cold atmosphere, but the serene sketch of Sakyamuni Buddha left me astonished. I would love to visit the place all over again someday.
SAMDRUPTSE HILL NAMCHI – Buddha Statue in Sikkim
Samdruptse is also called a wish-fulfilling hill according to the people living there. This epic hill is decorated with a giant statue of the Guru Padmasambhava, the patron saint of Sikkim who has been showering its graces for more than 1,200 years. It is believed that the hill is a dormant volcano and only prayers can hold it from erupting, that is why the local monks offer their respect and devotion to it. It’s a 45 m tall statue which is looking over the whole city.
The mesmerizing appearance of the statue delivers a golden glimpse that sparkles in sun streaks. The statue is an incredible triumph of engineering, that took around seven years for its construction under the sponsorship of the Sikkim State Government.
THE RALANG MONASTERY: GOLDEN BUDDHA – Buddha Statue in Sikkim
The Ralang monastery, a bright confection painted in vermillion, green, and gold, is one of the prettiest examples of Tibetan architecture and has some exquisite murals and thangka. Here I witnessed an artistic form of sitting Buddha and the mesmerizing statue was delivering Golden sparkles out of it. The beautiful blue eyes and hair are looking much more charming than any other statue I have witnessed.
This Monastery is having unparalleled beauty and its old heritage is soul-stirring experiences. This monastery should be visited between April to June to discover it in a better way. In the month of August, the signature festival is being celebrated i.e Pang Lhabsol so if you want to attend then you can visit here during August.
RANKA MONASTERY BUDDHA – Buddha Statue in Sikkim
It is also known as Lingdum Monastery. This monastery spread over a large area, which is the center of very panoramic views for tourists. Outside this beautiful and huge monastery, there is a market of warm clothes and souvenirs by Bhutia and Lepcha people.
What catches the visitor’s eye is the monastery’s apex, carved with parasols, finials, and pagoda roofs over a vast courtyard, where the younger monks are trained. The senior monks keep an eye on the activities of the monastery from the balconies of the second floor. A gigantic statue of Lord Buddha, with a height of five-meter, sits at the end of the prayer hall, where monks sit in rows reading their prayer books.
DO-DRUL CHORTEN MONASTERY BUDDHA – Buddha Statue in Sikkim
Do Drul Chorten Stupa was built by Trulshik Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945 CE. According to legend, it is believed that this entire place was once haunted by evil spirits and many people who wandered around this place became victims and died. Later, Trulshik Rinpoche came to this place for hermitage and built this popular stupa to drive away from the spirits.
Apart from this thrilling story, you can witness three mesmerizing figures which makes this place more serene and divine. Buddha and the statue of Guru Padmasambhava give the monastery a beautiful and peaceful environment.
RINCHEN CHHOLING GUMPA, RINCHENPONG – Buddha Statue in Sikkim
There are many similarities in the monasteries across Sikkim. When you enter a riotous burst of color greets you. The Buddha statue I saw in this monastery left me awestruck as I visualized the carvings from a clear distance. I loved the golden figure and the black hair curls on the statue. I loved the arrangements done before the evening prayer and adored the peace and quietness of the hall.
The paintings give a glimpse into the fascinating legends and mythologies of Mahayana Buddhism. This encourages the worship of Bodhisattvas (deities who forgo attaining nirvana themselves for the sake of enlightening others).
There are lots of Monasteries all around Sikkim, I have tried to jot a few of my favorites during my visit to Sikkim. I will highly recommend my readers to visit these beautiful and serene places during your next visit to this wonderful place and explore the mesmerizing Buddha Statue in Sikkim.