Bhutia Busty Monastery

darjeeling Sikkim

Bhutia Busty Monastery Overview

Belonging to the Nyingma sect, the Bhutia Busty Monastery, which is also known as Karmaa Dorjee Chyoling monastery, is a branch of Phodang Monastery in Sikkim. It was initially built atop the Observatory Hill in 1761 by Lama Dorje Rinzing but was later relocated to its present location in 1879 after the invasion of Darjeeling by the Gorkhas. The Bhutia Busty Monastery is approximately 2 kilometers down from the Mall and houses a huge collection of Old Buddhist scripts, including the “Book of Dead”, which is one of the notable ones. The present architectural structure that dilates the Buddhist traditional style of craftsmanship pulls in thousands of tourists throughout the year. The monastery maintains a prayer room, a model of Lord Buddha, photographs of Dalai Lama and images of Goddess Tara Devi and Lakshmiswari. It also houses a huge collection of murals, which are originally made out of real gold powder.

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