Sunday, 8 January 2012

Tsuk La Khang Monastery


Tsuk La Khang Monastery is the imperial 'gompa' of the erstwhile Royal family of Sikkim. Located in the complex of Royal Palace in Gangtok, Tsuk La Khang Monastery is a major place of worship and assembly for the Buddhists. The two-storeyed edifice is the storehouse of collected works of Buddhist scriptures. Earlier, Tsuk La Khang Monastery used to be the impeccable venue for the functions like weddings and coronations of the Royalty. A glorious doorway compensates for the austerity of the fa├žade of Tsuk La Khang Monastery. 

Each and every corner of the structure, embraces a wood sculpture relief in the figure of Snow Lion's Head. As and when you enter the monastery, you would come across the walls that are adorned with murals and the altars that are decorated in a lavish manner. The altar embraces the images of Buddha, Bodhisattva and other 'tantrik' deities of Buddhism. A lane of butter lamp glowing before the altar rejuvenates the air of peace inside the monastery. The tranquil ambience gets further enhanced by the fragrance of juniper incense. 

Tsuk La Khang Monastery hosts many festivals throughout the year. The Buddhist festivals like Phang Lhabsol and Losoong (Tibetan New Year) are celebrated here with full gusto and fervor. During these festivals, 'Chaam' (mask dance) is performed by the monks of the monastery. At New Year celebration, the well-known Black Hat dance is also presented, which depicts the triumph of good over evil forces. A visit to Tsuk La Khang Monastery would unfold the spiritual journey of the Royalty of Sikkim in the best possible manner............
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