Guru Nanak In Sikkim – A Recreating Myth

Many of the religions in world are founded on various beliefs and myths, which may have certain historical evidence. But often these religions cannot be entirely supported. It is the believer’s faith that makes history out of this belief and gives it an additional support in the form of evidences gathered from stories, folklore, and many more such facts. Some of the newer religions are less dependent on myth, because the lives of their founders are relatively better documented. Most of the people thought that, a religion like Sikhism, with a known founder ‘Guru Nanak’, would therefore be more fact based, as opposed to say in case of Christianity or Hinduism.

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The footprints of Guru Nanak, in North Sikkim, along with a myth right out of Hindu or Buddhist tales was a revelation to many people, that perhaps every religion will make its own myths in the same way. Chungthang is a small town in North Sikkim, which is best known as a halt for folks heading on to the many picturesque and tourist areas of Lachung or Yumthang. I visited same place in the month of February, during which there is not wide rush of visitors. During the evening walk, I came to some signs which indicate the presence of a Gurudwara. By following these signs, we came to a small rock cordoned off, with a gurudwara nearby.

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There was a person in this Gurudwara, who is known to be a caretaker priest. He was a most welcoming person, who told us about the story of that place. The said that, ‘Guru Nanak, on one of his journeys along with his disciples, had come across this place and vanquished two demons here’. The footprints of that battle are still there on that cordoned off rock. The Gurudwara and pictures of Guru Nanak which had been placed around looked obviously newer.

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The priest was very sincere but was extremely puzzling. He even mentioned that the name Chungthang is derived from Punjabi word “Changa sthan” which means a good place. Guru Nanak had bestowed on this place. While returning to Gangtok, at our homestay, the owner told us that it was actually Guru Rinpoche (the Buddhist master), who had passed through Chungthang, and this myth had been taken over and assigned to Guru Nanak. Almost all online resources indicate it as Guru Nanak’s visit to Sikkim.

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Hope with this information it would be clear to you that the myth was of Guru Rinpoche and not that of Guru Nanak. With all this you will definitely enjoy your holidays at Sikkim, with the help of best ‘Sikkim Holiday Packages’ in an historical manner.

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