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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous religious places in Darjeeling?

Chandralekha Singh DEC 10 2012
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The city of Darjeeling is influenced by multiple cultures like Tibetan, Nepali, Bengali and Gorkha. Thus this harmonious blend of cultures give rise to religious places of all cultures. Some of the places are decades old and are quite popular tourist spots. Few more popular are listed below:

  • Bhutia Busty Gompa

    Overlooking the mighty Kanchenjunga ranges the, the Bhutia Busty Gompa nestles about a kilometer away from Darjeeling. This beautiful monastery is a branch of the Nyingmapa sect Phontag Monastery in Sikkim that has been transferred to Darjeeling in the year 1879. After being devastated in an earthquake in 1934, while it was situated in the Observatory hill, the monastery was rebuilt and restored by the King of Sikkim.

    One major feature of the monastery is its library. It has a huge collection of
    Tibetan and Buddhist books that has many stories to tell about the culture and tradition of the place. Moreover, the gompa is home to the the original copy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, however to see this you have to get prior permission. Also a fine gold-accented mural is placed inside the monastery.

  • Ghoom Monastery

    The Ghoom Monastery also called the Sakya Monastery is a age old monastery of the Sakya order. It is located 8 km away from Darjeeling and offers exquisite scenic beauty. A 4.57 meter high statue of Maithreya Buddha is something that is something that attracts people from far and wide to come to the place.
    It is a much revered place for the Buddhist community and it restores some rare Buddhist manuscripts, that can hardly be found anywhere else.

  • The Dhirdham temple

    Resembling the well known Pashupatinath Temple of Kathmandu, the Dhirdham temple of Darjeeling is a revered temple in the city. The temple is a shrine of Lord Shiva architected in Tibetan style. The beautiful idol of the deity depicts the Pancha Bakram Trinetram five different facial expressions in different moods and the Third Eye of Lord Shiva.

These places are visited by one not just because of their religious edge but also because calm aura of these places is like a balm to an aching soul. Go ahead and explore the spiritual angle of Darjeeling.

Ashish Kumar Aug 07 2014
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