Do-drul Chorten or Stupa is a stupa in Gangtok, capital of the Indian state of Sikkim. The stupa was built by Trullshi Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945. It is said that this stupa was built to protect the local people from evil spirits.
As per folklore, before Trulshi Rinpoche arrived here, the place was inhabited by evil spirits. Everyone who came here would fall prey to the vampire powers present here and die.
Inside this stupa, there is a complete set of Dorjee Phurba, Kangyur relics (Holy Books), and other religious objects. Around the stupa are 108 Mani Lhakor or prayer wheels which are rotated clockwise with the chanting of Om Mani Pù Hum, invoking Buddhism.
The stupa is surrounded by Chorten Lakahang and Guru Lakhang, where two statues of Guru Rinpoche are present.
Next to the Chorten is a monastery for young Lamas with a shrine containing huge images of Padmasambhava and his manifestation, Guru Snang – Sid Zilzon. It is located about 500 meters above the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology.
The deity enshrined on top of the Do-Drul Chorten stupa is known as Dorjee Phurpa or Vajra Kilaya. This Chorten is regarded as one of the most important chortens of Sikkim.
The stupa is surrounded by 108 prayer wheels all of which have mantras inscribed on them in Tibetan. If you rotate the prayer wheels, do it in a clockwise direction. Inside the Chorten Stupa are Kanjur holy books, relics, complete mantras, and several other religious objects.
There are several other small stupas around the main one. One of them is Jhang Chup Chorten which was built in memory of Trulshig Rinpoche after his death.
Do Drul Chorten Stupa is only 2 kms from Gangtok Town in the Deorali area. Tourists can hire a taxi and reach here in 10-15 minutes. Within short walking distance is the Institute of Tibetology.