Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Did you know of this legend about Sikkim’s Gurudongmar Lake?

As it goes for alpine lakes, we are yet to find one that is not a visual treat. There’s something so serene about them that you immediately fall in love with them. It should be their area, encompassed by mountains all around and being so remote. We are hanging around for one such lake in India – Sikkim‘s Gurudongmar Lake.

Situated at 5,183 meters above ocean level, exceptionally near the Tibetan and Chinese boundary in Mangan area in Sikkim, Gurudongmar Lake is encircled by normal magnificence and legends.

Gurudongmar Lake is the second most elevated lake in India (most elevated one being Cholamu lake at 5330 meters above ocean level in North Sikkim) and as one would anticipate, freezes over throughout the colder time of year.
Indeed, its greater part does.
At that height, where everything is supposed to be frozen, particularly during cold weather months, there is one little segment of the lake that never freezes solid, and we are here to discuss that.

Gurudongmar Lake is viewed as heavenly by the two Sikhs and Buddhists. According to the Sikhs, it was accepted that the lake was visited by Master Nanak and was honored by him. In view of this conviction, back in 1997-1987, the Sikh Regiment of the Indian Armed force constructed a gurudwara to remember that. However, that didn’t agree with the neighborhood Buddhists. There is major areas of strength for a conviction that says the lake was visited and favored by Master Padmasambhava.

According to the legends, Master Padmasambhava, returning from Tibet, visited the lake which addressed the sacred spot of Dorje Nyima. The lake, however gorgeous as it seemed to be, stayed frozen generally of the year. As this was an extraordinary issue for local people, they spoke to Master Padmasambhava to take care of them.

It was then that Master Padmasambhava contacted a little segment of the lake and, according to the legends, that piece of the lake never froze after that. That very tackled the water issue for individuals dwelling there. From that point forward, the lake achieved the blessed status and turned into a significant spot for journey for the Buddhists.
Returning to the gurudwara, when the development of the said gurudwara was gone against by the Sikkimese, the Public authority of Sikkim stepped in and with something from the Namgyal Organization of Tibetology, it was then concluded that the lake was to be sure a heavenly spot according to the Buddhists convictions. The structure that was developed by the Sikh Regiment was then given over to the Lachen Religious community.

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