Sikkim’s Pride, Nation’s Envy
Among some very imaginative developmental strategies, the Siddeshwara Dham at Solophok in South Sikkim is an iconic pilgrimage tourism initiative of the Hon’ble Chief Minister. The Union government endorsed this project with a National tourism award under the ‘Most Unique and Innovative’ category to Government of Sikkim in 2012.
Conceptualized by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, the Siddeshwara Dham is popularly known as Chaar Dham as it is ornamented by exact replicas of four Dhaams, Badrinath, Dwarka, Jagannath Puri and Rameshwaram, of the country. This concept of four Dhams within the same premises is found nowhere in the world.
The project spread over 29.9 hectares was executed by Rural Management & Development Department.
Located in the hill top of Solophok, Siddeshwara Dhaam recreates the spiritual landscape of India at one place as it offers to the devotees an imposing 108 feet statue of Lord Shiva encircled by a dozen Jyotirlingas and replicas of the four Dhams of the country. Chardham is also unique in another way. To honor a local belief, it has a life size statue of Lord Kirateshwar which is not found anywhere else in the world. Legend has it that Lord Shiva manifested himself in Sikkim as Lord Kirateswar - a hunter of Wild Boar.
One now does not need to travel the length and breadth of country for months to complete their ‘Chaar Dham’ pilgrimage. The Srideshvara Dhaam is the new pilgrimage destination for hundreds of pilgrims who can fulfill their lifelong spiritual dreams within a couple of hours.
Sri Jagadguru Sankaracharya Swami Swarupananda consecrated the pilgrimage centre on November 8, 2011. Hon’ble President of India Pranab Mukherjee dedicated to the nation the ‘Siddeshvara Dhaam’ when he visited Sikkim in April, 2013.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister believes that Siddeshwara Dham would spiritually benefit the people and bless the peacefulness of Sikkim.
The ‘Siddeshwara Daam’ augments the religious appeal of Sikkim known for its monasteries dotting the entire State. Thousands of tourists and local people are visiting the Dham.
Date Published: 2016-03-10