Religion and Customs

The people of Sikkim are warm, simple,friendly as well as welcoming by nature. The customs and rituals of Sikkim are as diverse as the ethnic that inhabit the land ; the ‘Lepchas’ — essentially children of the forest , the ‘Bhutias’ and the ‘Nepalese’.

The Lepchas The original inhabitants of Sikkim . They existed much before the Bhutias and Nepalese migrated to the state but we cannot find the exact date and year neither from where they had come. Before adopting Buddhism or Christianity as their religion, the earliest Lepcha settlers were believers in the bone faith or mune faith. During the british reign the nepalese were brought from the place called now Nepal for the TEA plantation and in course of time they sharted to move from one place to other for job and greener Pasture some settled to Sikkim others to the seven sisters i.e north east region. Bhutias as per the saying they came from BHOOT ( Now Bhutan ) but no one knows the truth about their migration. Bhutia’s they worship Buddhism and the Nepalis are almost Hindus but some were converted to christianity and still they follow the same where as some like Gurung, they started worshiping there own religion similar to buddhism. sherpa’s comes under Tribal as per there are three tribes in sikkim i.e Lepcha, Bhutia and Sherpa and others like Limbu, Mangar, Rai, subba, Tamang they comes under OBC.

Sikkim The land of Orchids

Among seven sisters one of the sister state called Sikkim which is know for orchids and its beauty. The smallest state in India, area is 7,096 km2 (2,740 sq mi), Population – (2011) 610,577. The most beautiful part of Sikkim! – Yumthang Valley and there are many amazing places to see and visit. we can find more than 449 species of orchids in Sikkim so it is said that its know as the library of orchids.

Dendrobium Nobile

Dendrobium Nobile is the state flower of Sikkim, and has the distinctive long thin jointed stems of many members of the genus Dendrobium. The flowers of Dendrobium Nobile are pale to deep purple-pink with a characteristic dark velvety centre.

Documentary on Sikkim

The Eight Lucky Signs of Sikkim

  1. The Dug (Parasol)
  2. The Bhumpa (Vase)
  3. The Conch Shell (Dhungkar)
  4. The Banner of Victory (Gyaltsen)
  5. A Pair of Golden Fishes (Sernya)
  6. The Lotus Flower (Pema)
  7. Knot of Eternity (Palbheu)
  8. The Wheel of Dharma (Choekyi Khorlo)

signifies the shade under which one can have the fortune of escaping from the suffering of the scorching heat of all sort of miseries of world.

like vase of in exhausting treasure, this signifies the fortune of having an in exhausting luxurious wealth of wealth of good health, long life and material wealth.

3.Dhunkar(the conch shell)
signifies the awakening of sentient beings from the state of their ignorance and persuading them towards the path of noble deeds that’s are beneficial to self and others.

4.Gyaltsen(victorious banner)
signifies the fortune of having victory of good over the evil force which obstructs the success of noble goals and also the victory of the dharma preached by Buddha.

5.Sernya(golden fish)
signifies the ability to swim with ease without any hindrance in the ocean of sansaric world and from happiness to happiness into the water of blissfulness. This also  signifies the two truth-plain and transcendental truth.

like lotus which though grown in the mud remains free from the muddy dirt, this signifies the purity of one’s mind and deeds which are free from the dirt of sins, symbol of non attachment.

7.Palbheu(endless knot)
signifies the fortune of complementing every aspect of the life harmoniously to each other such as religion and politics, wisdom and means and of knowledge and comparison.

8.Choeky ki khorlo(wheel of dharma)
signifies the fortune of passing the time of all the sentient being under the blessings of Buddha’s wheel of dharma being turned eternally  without coming to an end.