Do-Drul Chorten is a stupa located on a hillock in Gangtok, just a short walking distance from the Research Institute of Tibetology. The Chorten Stupa is marked by a golden top dome. This golden top can be seen from various places in Gangtok.
It is believed that this hillock on the stupa stands was once haunted by evil spirits and many people who wandered around this place became victims and died. Later, the celebrated lama of Tibet, Trulshig Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) who followed Nyingma Sect of Buddhism came to this place. He established this stupa in 1945 to drive away the spirits.
The deity enshrined in the chorten stupa is known as Dorjee Phurpa or Vajra Kilaya. It is regarded as one of the most important Buddhist stupas of Sikkim.
The stupa is has 108 Mani Lhakor (Prayer Wheels), which are rotated by devout Buddhists while chanting ‘Om Mane Padme Hum’ (O Jewel in the Lotus) to invoke the Bodhisattva. Visitors in the monastery are allowed to rotate the prayer wheels in a clockwise direction.
The Chorten Stupa preserves Kanjur holy books, relics, books of mantras and several other religious objects. There are several small stupas built around the main one. The Jhang Chup Chorten was built in remembrance of Trulshig Rinpoche after his death.
After the demise of the founder of the stupa, another renowned lama Dodhrubchen Rinpoche visited the holy site. He established his dharma preaching center in the same grounds where it is possible to accommodate about 700 monks. Explore the grounds, offer your prayers and talk to the devout monks. There is no admission fee for the monastery.