QUEST HIMALAYA JOURNAL
Tashiding Monastery & tBumchu . . . page 2
Outside, a stone with a hollow that perfectly fills in one’s knee could relieve one of knee aches. The other appears like a back rest and reclining against it assuages back ache. But the most mystifying is the ‘Thakar Tashiding’, the little white rock, and the epicenter of everyone’s curiosity - a tiny hole in a hallowed rock. If you can run your finger right into this hole thrice by walking towards it with your eyes shut, then your wishes are said to come true.
Tashiding monastery doesn’t fail to amaze. Even as you stroll around, alongside the engraved tablets and the maze of prayer flags you can sense its haunting aura, unstopping, ancient and sacred.
After long hours of prayer the sacred pot containing holy water is opened by the monks of the monastery. The water level in the pot is said to hold the fortunes of Sikkim for the year ahead, a belief since ancient times. Should the pot be almost dry then a devastating famine looms ahead. A brimful of water likewise portends turbulent times. It is only when the pot is half-full that peace and prosperity is signified. This water is then distributed to the devotees who wait in queue for long hours. Once again, the pot is filled with river water and then sealed to be opened only at the next Bumchu festival.