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Bhutia Busty Gompa

The Bhutia Busty Gompa is an ancient monastery in Darjeeling located in the Bhutia Busty area. It is also known as Karmaa Dorjee Chyoling monastery. The views of Mt Kanchendzonga from the monastery is breathtaking. This monastery was earlier located in Observatory Hill where the Mahakal Temple stands today. It was originally built there in 1761 by the Lama Dorje Rinzing. It belongs to the Red Sect of Buddhist Lamas.

History

The monastery had been through a series of misfortune. In 1815 during the Gorkha invasion, the monastery was plundered and completely ravaged. The current Bhutia Busti Monastery was built in the year 1879. In 1934 an earthquake completely destroyed the monastery. It was rebuilt with the patronage of the Late Chogyal (Dharmaraja) of Sikkim. Considering its origin since its first foundation at the Observatory Hill, this is the oldest Buddhist Monastery in Darjeeling. It has been through multiple changes in its physical appearance and location.

Attractions

The Bhutia Busty Gompa enjoys a picturesque location. In the misty locales of Darjeeling, a short distance from the busy town, the monastery lies in peaceful location. The structure of the monastery is remarkable. It has been built in a traditional style with Sikkimese influence, and it is a great example of Darjeeling's lively Buddhism tradition. The monastery's prayer room has a model of Buddha and photographs of Dalai Lama. Tara Devi and Lakshmiswari are also housed here. There are large murals depicting Budhha's life. Artfully created on the walls they look like wall paintings but are a treasured artwork. Created with use of different stone converted into powder form by grinding them, each reflect different multiple shades of colors at different. Many murals also have real gold powder. The monastery has a collection of old Buddhist scripts. One of the original pieces of the "Book of Dead" is its prized possession.