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Bhutia Busty Monastery: An Abode of Silence and Peace

06 Jul

My trip to Darjeeling was coming to an end. I had visited some very amazing places in the area and taken some beautiful pictures of the nearby places too. I decided to visit one last place of wonder in Darjeeling which was the Bhutia Busty Monastery of Darjeeling. The monastery is named because it is located inside the Bhuti Busty or the Bhutia Colony. The monastery used to originally stand at the Observatory Hill where today there is the Mahakal temple. In 1815 during the Gorkha invasion the monastery was looted and plundered.

It was however rebuilt in the year 1861 but at this place the monastery was built in 1879 as previously it was destroyed by the Earthquake. The monastery has undergone many changes in physical appearance and structure and today it is the oldest monastery in whole of Darjeeling. The present monastery has a very beautiful architecture in the contemporary Tibetan style. The monastery is revered by the Red sects of the Buddhists and they consider it has links with Kagyu and Nimgya orders of Tibetan Buddhism.

Bhutia Busty Gompa Monastery Darjeeling

Bhutia Busty Gompa Monastery Darjeeling | Image Resource : panoramio.com

When you enter the main prayer room of the monastery you will see a statue of Buddha in a case of glass and also some of the photographs of Dalai Lama. There is also an image of Tara Devi and the laxmiswari Devi which is worshipped by the Buddhists. Though photography is strictly not permitted inside the monastery but there are stall outside the monastery which sells the photographs of the monastery. There is an immense calmness and a divine silence which could be felt inside the monastery. The sight of thousands of Buddhists monk who chant the mantra and revolve the Buddhist chime will surely make you be at peace with your soul.

With the trip to the Bhutia Busty Monastery my trip to Darjeeling came to an end. I was taking with me many profound memories of the place with me some of which were captured in my camera but most of them were captured in my heart. It was most remarkably the cherishing trip of my life so far.

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Posted by on July 6, 2015 in Attractions, Tourism, Travel

 

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