Sikkim has Four Great Holy Caves – ‘Phug Chen Zhi’, which are included
in ‘gNas-chen-InGa’ of Sikkim. These Caves are located at four cardinal
directions of Tashiding (West Sikkim), namely –Sharchog Beyphug in the
East, Lho Kando Sangphug in the South, Nub Dechenphug in the West and
Jhang Lhari Nyingphug in the North.
Tashiding, according to Holy text,
is the Navel point of “Bayul Demajong”, and is considered as the 5th
Dhaam of this Holy Land. Sikkim Holy Caves Guru Padmasambhava sanctified
these Caves as the abodes of various Protective Divinities of the
Today, these Caves have become the most important
pilgrim destination of the Buddhist followers of Sikkim, Darjeeling and
for the devotees of Bhutan. For the Sikkimese Buddhist, these Caves are
like ‘Char Dhaam’ of the Hindus. The ardent Buddhist devotees,
especially from Sikkim, make a pilgrimage to these caves at least once
in their lifetime.
Location: Situated north of Tashiding. It is considered to be the holiest of the caves and commands a three-day walk from Tashiding.