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The right hand of the magnificent statue of Guru Padmasambhava holding the 'Dorje' @ Samdruptse Hill, Namchi, Sikkim.

'Samdruptse' which translates as "The wish fulfilling hill" in local Bhutia language, is a short distance uphill from Namchi. On Samdruptse hill, stand a giant statue of Guru Padmasambhava, gazing upon the town and across the hills. It is 45m tall and covered in shimmering gold, sparkles in the sun. It is an incredible feat of engineering, founded in 1997. The views are spectacular across and the statue can be seen from across many places in Sikkim and Darjeeling.The foundation stone of the Statue is laid by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on 22-10-1997.

Dorje is a Tibetan word. The dorje is the symbol of enlightenment. The shape of the dorje symbolizes the two forms of truth, relative and absolute. The connection of the two truths in the middle is known as the sphere of actual reality. On the outer parts of the dorje there are two discs that represent the five Buddha families, the five elements, and the five skandhas. In Tibetan the word dorje means, 'the indestructible stone'. The dorje is a spiritual weapon used to banish non-truths and bring in the truth. The dorje is often used in a Tibetan Buddhist ritual, where it is twirled in order to bring in truth.

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