West Sikkim

Daramdin is a market village in the west Sikkim situated at an approximately 120 Km from the capital town Gangtok. Daramdin is located at 27.136275 latitude and 88.171996 longitude in the centre of some of the most fascinating places of attraction in the west Sikkim like, Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, Soreng, Sombaria and Kaluk-Rinchenpong. A peculiar feature of the place is that it has a large surface of flat land. The name Daramdin is derived from the local Lepcha language 'Dalom' meaning a place of rest or a flat land. There is an interesting story attached to the place, it so happened many centuries back the villagers of Daramdin had a debate on the topic of distance between their village and the sky. They then decided to erect a tower made of clay pots arranged one after another. The construction started and eventually the tower got higher and higher, when they were on the verge to achieve the goal, the man on the top of the tower shouted, "Kok bing yang tal" (Get me a pole to strike the sky) in the local Lepcha language to the men in the bottom. Unfortunately, the men below heard Cheka which means destroy the ladder. The men in the bottom were surprised and asked the man on the top to repeat, they again heard the same word Cheka. Therefore the men in the bottom destroyed the ladder and their mission to touch the sky ended in smoke. The bits and pieces of the potteries, the remains of the big blunder are still found today.

There are two interesting Lepcha folk tales attached to the place, Daramdin. To quote from the article 'The lake and the ladder story' from a 'Strangers Note and Other Essays', it was mentioned in the article that the appellation of the word Daramdin as Da (lake), ram (obliterate), din (remove). It is believed that the Lepchas turned the then lake into a flat land. Some new information added in the 1981 publication says that it took twelve years for the construction of the ladder which was destroyed due to the misinterpretation of the Lepcha word 'Kok bing yang tal'. It is also believed that the mighty tower fell on the opposite hills of Daramdin, thus forming three different hills now known as Maney Bhanzyang, Kaizalay Bhanzang and Reling Bhanzyang. The other intriguing story is from the book Lepcha-My Vanishing Tribe by A.K Fonning. Fonning in this book says that it was a Nembangu clan of the Lepcha tribe that constructed the ladder and the place was then known as 'Kado-Rom-Dyen' which means 'We ourselves smashed it down'. With the passing of days the first two alphabets i.e K and D got vanished and then it came to be known as 'Do-Rom-Dyen'. Paying a visit to the Lepcha Museum in Kalimpong, a sub-division in the neighboring west Bengal district would be really interesting as one would be able to see some of the broken clay potteries. All the credit goes to Mr. Sonam Tshering Lepcha, a living symbol of the Lepcha culture and he is the only Lepcha man who collected the remains of the broken potteries and kept it safe in a museum in Kalimpong.

The recently built Sai Mandir (temple) in Daramdin is an interesting pilgrimage destination. The mandir has a quite a big compound decorated with different varieties of flowers. There is a dedicated hindu priest and some volunteers to help the visitors in different ways. One cannot afford to miss the birthday celebration of Sai Baba where the devotees of Sai religion from all over the state come together and celebrate by lighting candles, diyas and singing hymns in the praise of Sai Baba.

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