The Dubdin Monastery: An Enchanting Place

-By Shivam Pathak

The Dubdi Monastery is situated on a hill top surrounded by a green forest. It is an ideal place for lamas to seek meditation in seclusion. In the year of 1701 the Chogyar Namgyal established this monastery of Dubdi, at Yuksom, Sikkim. Dubdi is an important part of of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit, which also entails Norbugang Chorten, Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdentse ruins, Sanga Choeling Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake and Tashiding Monastery.

The monastery was also known as the Hermit’s Cell. The founder of the Monestry was Lhatsun Namkha Jigme, who came a long way from Tibet along with two other. Who in the year of 1642 crowned the first King, named Phuntsog
Namgyal,of Sikkim at Norbugang Yuksom.

In short we can say that the Dubdin Monastery played a pivotal role in the
founding of the State of Sikkim. The aesthetic outlook and quietness of the monastery adds a distinct setting. Its
beauty has a certain attraction in it. It has also been observed as the first and oldest monastery of Sikkim. The statues of three lamas who were the founders of Yuksom are also an integral part of the monastery.

Apart from this, the Monastery has a sophisticated painted interior along with visuals of divinities, saints, and other pious symbols. The monastery also involves a collection of rare manuscripts and ritual texts. Today many Buddhist
pilgrims visit this monastery in order to meditate and achieve nirvana in its quiet surroundings.