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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sarva Dharam Sthal (Gurudwara Guru Dongmar Sahib)

For this edition of Black and White Thursdays we are going to an extremely revered temple of Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists which is located besides the beautiful Guru Dongmar Lake. This temple is over a thousand years old and was the spot where holy sage Guru Dongmar (Padmasambhava) sat and meditated for a few years. For Sikhs this temple is of utmost significance as Guru Nanak visited it (during his third journey around 1516 AD) to provide support to the Karmapa and Nyingmapa sects who were forced out of Tibet by the Gelugpa sect. His footprints, a water carrying utensils and a robe is preserved in Lachen Gompa (Lachen is the Base town for reaching this destination).


Entrance to the Temple or Gurudwara where Guru Dongmar (Padmasambhava) sat and meditated and where Guru Nanak visited to support the Karmapa and Nyingmapa sects after they were driven out of Tibet by the Gelugpa sects.

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Can you provide an evidence if Padmasambhav ever visited here? If yes or you just posted to mislead the ignorant visitors on hearsay only? The belongings of Guru Nanak aren't displayed now to visitors by Lachen monastery. The Sikkim govt is making its all efforts to wipe out signs on the visit of Guru Nanak ji there but propagating falsely connecting with visit of Padmasambhav.
The Gurudwara is presently seald and Guru Granth Sahib ji was confiscated by administration, paqcked and transported to 100 kms down at Chungthang and abondoned in disrespect at roadside. A case has been filed against Sikkkm govt and administration in Skkim high court and soon we will prove Master Padmasambhav never visited here.

Dear Mr Randhawa, if what you have mentioned about the happenings at Lachen is true then it is sad. That said, interpreting local beliefs about 'Guru Padmasambhava' as hearsay is harsh and insensitive. Moreover, this is a travel blog, so let's keep the discussion to travel. Thanks !