Rumtek also called Dharma Chakra Centre, is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery located in the Indian State of Sikkim near the capital city Gangtok. Dharma Chakra Centre or Rumtek Monastery is one of the most important seats of the Kagyu lineage outside Tibet. In early 1960’s, his holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa, founded this seat near the 300 year old Kagyu monastery, which was built in the sixteenth century by the Fourth King of Sikkim, under the guidance of the ninth Karmapa. The new Rumtek was built about 2km away from this old monastery.
Rumtek is a famous monastery, all over the world, especially among the Tibetan Buddhists. It includes a beautiful shrine temple and a monastery for the monks. The place got an existence in the Buddhist pilgrimage map, especially after Chinese habitation in Tibet and subsequent relocations of some Tibetan religious gurus to Sikkim.
The new monastery was completed in 1966, in four years’ time, the foundation stone of which was laid by the king of Sikkim. Thus, it is obvious that Buddhists consider the place as highly pristine.
Dharma Chakra Centre is located in eastern Sikkim, 24 km away from Gangtok. Rumtek is situated at an altitude of about 5800 ft. the temperature in summer is maximum 20.7 and minimum 13.1 degree centigrade and in winter maximum 14.9 to minimum 7.7. The best season to visit, in terms of weather, is March to late May or from October to mid-December.
Besides the luxuriously sprawling green landscape, and a mild weather, smiling people, traditions that touch the conscience and the beautiful monastery, there is some important Buddhist institutions in the place are the attractions in Rumtek Monastery.
The monastery holds annual events for the public. Two of the most festive and important events are held each summer and winter. In the fourth lunar month of Tsurphu Tibetan calendar either the Guru Rinpoche or the Vajrakilaya Drupchen takes place. The practice events lasts for ten days and are followed by the traditional sacred lama dance of the eight manifestations of Guru Padmasambhava, Yidam dieties and other protectors. At the end of lunar year, in 12th month, Rumtek holds another festive ten day practice of the Mahakala Protector. This is followed by the traditional sacred lama dance of Mahakala.
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