Tsuk La Khang Monastery is the imperial 'gompa' of the erstwhile Royal family of Sikkim. Located in the complex of Royal Palace in Gangtok, Tsuk La Khang Monastery is a major place of worship and assembly for the Buddhists. The two-storeyed edifice is the storehouse of collected works of Buddhist scriptures. Earlier, Tsuk La Khang Monastery used to be the impeccable venue for the functions like weddings and coronations of the Royalty. A glorious doorway compensates for the austerity of the façade of Tsuk La Khang Monastery.
Each and every corner of the structure, embraces a wood sculpture
relief in the figure of Snow Lion's Head. As and when you enter the
monastery, you would come across the walls that are adorned with murals
and the altars that are decorated in a lavish manner. The altar embraces
the images of Buddha, Bodhisattva and other 'tantrik' deities of
Buddhism. A lane of butter lamp glowing before the altar rejuvenates the
air of peace inside the monastery. The tranquil ambience gets further
enhanced by the fragrance of juniper incense.
Tsuk La Khang Monastery hosts many festivals throughout the year. The
Buddhist festivals like Phang Lhabsol and Losoong (Tibetan New Year) are
celebrated here with full gusto and fervor. During these festivals,
'Chaam' (mask dance) is performed by the monks of the monastery. At New
Year celebration, the well-known Black Hat dance is also presented,
which depicts the triumph of good over evil forces. A visit to Tsuk La
Khang Monastery would unfold the spiritual journey of the Royalty of
Sikkim in the best possible manner.