Witness rituals at the Lhakchung
DAILY MORNINGS AND EVENINGS
The Stok Palace has a buddhist temple on the upper-most floor of the palace. Guests staying at the Stok Palace Heritage Hotel have privileged access to the Lhakchung Temple. The resident monk here performs daily prayers and rituals as part of his duties. Guests are welcome to be quiet observers to enchanting routine.
Personalized session with resident monk on making sacred amulets
CONTRIBUTION OF INR 500 PER AMULET IS URGED
Each amulet usually contains a hand written prayer on a piece of cloth or paper which is then folded and either sewn into a piece of hand-woven tapestry or bound by different colored sacred threads that bind the paper in a pattern as per the amulet’s purpose.
You may gift an amulet to a loved or respected one for a defined purpose such as a prayer for good health or well being; or a prayer for peace or compassion. The monk will take you through the process and create an amulet for you take back as a gift.
2 KILOMETRES • 30 MINUTES AWAY
Near the palace is the 14th century Stok Gompa, founded by Lama Lhawang Lotus of the Geluk-pa (yellow-hat) sect. This monastery is a secondary of Spituk monastery.
Though some of the 550 year old original construction remains, the monastery’s main assembly hall is relatively recent – it was renovated about 50 years ago, and freshly painted with murals of Vajrapani, Avalokitesvara, Sakyamuni and Amchi (the Medicine Buddha), and more. A throne in this hall is reserved for the Dalai Lama.
The monastery has a notable library including all 108 volumes of the Kangyur (a collection of the Buddha's own teachings in their Tibetan translation).
A ritual masked dance festival is held annually in Febraury/March - the Guru Tsechu Festival.
Next to the monastery is the 71 feet (22 m) high seated Gautama Buddha statue and temple, consecrated by the 14th Dalai Lama in 2016.