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The Rumtek Monastery Tour

The Rumtek Monastery in the northeastern state of Sikkim in India. The pilgrimage centre is a prime Buddhist travel site and is of great significance to the Buddhists. Also known as Dharma Chakra centre, it is 24 kilometers away from Gangtok, the capital of the Sikkim. The Rumtek monastery is situated at an altitude of about 5800 ft (1,547 metres) The best time to travel is from March to late May, October to Mid-December. Tour BokkingIt is among the holiest pilgrimage sites in India.

Description of the Runtek Monastery :

The Rumtek MonasteryThe drive to the Rumtek Monastery is along a beautiful countryside of Sikkim. It is one of the famous Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India. The 300-year-old Monastery was built in 1960's by his holiness the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, when he took refuge in Sikkim after the Chinese invasion. It houses some of the worlds most unique art pieces, ancient manuscripts and icons.

Dharma Chakra Center includes a beautifully structured main shrine temple and also a monastery with quarters for the monks. The Karmapa resides here only and most of the important relics are enshrined in this monastery. A Shedra, or monastic college houses the relics of the Sixteenth Karmapa. There is also a retreat center, a nunnery; stupas; a protector's shrine; institutions for the lay community; and other establishments. The Rumtek Monastery Sikkim, traditionally designed, is almost a replica of the original Kagyu headquarters in Tibet.

History :

One of the 4 major Tibetan Buddhist sects, the Rumtek monastery has the seat of the Karmapa. In 1959, after the communist Chinese invasion, His Holiness the Sixteen-Gyalwa Karmapa fled Tibet. After arriving in Bhutan, he received a formal invitation from the Choegyal (Dharma King) of Sikkim.

The Choegyal Tashi Namgyal and royal family of Sikkim had a long-standing connection with the successive lines of Karmapas.The royal family decided to offer permanent residence for His Holiness and his party in Sikkim. His Holiness accepted the Choegyal's invitation to set up his main exile seat in Sikkim. His Holiness late Gyalwa Karmapa resided in this monastery till the completion of the Rumtek Dharma Chakra Center.

Major Events of the Year :

Guru Rinpoche or the Vajrakilaya Drupchen: Held in the fifth lunar month of the Tsurphu Tibetan calendar, the events lasts for ten days. It is followed by the traditional sacred lama dance of the eight manifestations of Guru Padmasambhava (on the 10th day), Yidam dieties, and other protectors.

The Mahakala Protector Practice: It is a festive ten-day practice held at the end of the lunar year, in the 12th month (usually sometime between February and March).

The sacred lama dance of Mahakala: It is a traditional dance held on the 29th Day of the 12th month.

The Tibetan New Year: Cultural and spiritual festivities are held for usually 3-8 days. It involves many Tibetan opera dance performances.

These events give a unique opportunity for both practitioners and the general public to make a pilgrimage tour to India and enjoy the traditional sacred lama dance performances, intense week-long practices, and the cultural celebration of the Tibetan New Year.Tour Bokking

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