Dolpo is home to many sacred mountains and landscapes. Many of the high places in Dolpo have linkage with the spirits and deities. Several mountains and landscape have myths, and legends connection in Bon and Tibetan Buddhism.
Bonpos and Buddhist have deep faith on these sacred places and every year hundreds of people undertaking a journey or pilgrimage to these sacred places.
The pilgrimages that regularly visited by people are following;
Shel Ribo Drugta/Crystal Mountain
Chhyadul and Ta Kyaljen
Tatu Ri/ Tatu Phal
Dechen Palri/ Tarchin Paldi
Riwo Palwar/ Daldungkha
Samling and Mugporong
Shel Ribo Drugda
Every 12 years, on the dragon year. 25th day of the sixth month of Tibetan calendar and new moon day of the seventh month is considered the especial auspicious day.
The Bhanzang Kula Palsang
It is the glorious master site, is the most important during the horse year of the Tibetan calendar. The 25th day of second Tibetan month March/April and particularly the new moon day are considered auspicious dates.
The Buddha Ribo
It is near the Dho Tarap valley was blessed by the Guru Rinpoche when he meditated there. The sixth month –july- is the most auspicious time. Especially 25th day and new moon day. Every 12 years, on rabbit year there is a big pilgrimage. Buddha Ribo is at the altitude of 5550m above sea level.
Tijurong Ta klyajen /Chyadul Gompa
The holy Lama Darba Senge who conquered the demons that dwelt in this mountain which is important for its resemblance to the holy Kailash Mountain. The 25th day of Tibetan first month calendar Feb/March and 25th of Seventh Month of Tibetan Aug/Sep are deemed particularly auspicious.
Tatu Phal is the sacred place where the Tatu Urgen Tenjin meditated and retreated in this valley and became a enlightenment. The Tatu Phal valley is revered by Tatu Urgen Tenjin and Aani Urgen Chhuiki.
Nechen Riwo Palri / Tarchin Paldi
Tarchin Paldi or ‘Nechen Riwo Palri’ is one of the oldest pilgrims in Tijurong area. It is believed that, there was no any other Buddhist pilgrimage before Tarchin paldi in Tijurong area. Tarchin Paldi was became more revered after explaining about this sacred place by Tatu Urgen Tenjin and Aani Urgen Chhuiki in their life history book.
The Sacred Landscape of Dolpo
Riwo Palwar of Tijurong
The holy mountain: Riwo Palbar (Ri bo dpal ‘bar) is a Bon pilgrimage in the Tijurong area of Dolpa Nepal.
Riwo Palwar, “Mountain of Blazing Glory” is the sacred mountain of the
wrathful protector, the secret abode of the tutelary deity bon : Takla Mebar (sTag the me ‘bar) the “tiger god, fiery fire ” .Later, a Bönpo Lama called Lama Melha ,
He lived in a cave on top of Riwo Palwar Mountain and meditate there.(The locals are convinced that this is Namgyal Sherab Gyaltsen from Pugmo). According to another legend, Lama Melha came from Kham province in eastern Tibet.
He spent many years to retreat in the cave on the side of the mountain. It is said that he practiced with great diligence, enduring all the trials until he reached the final realization. Many deities appeared to him, he performed many magical actions and wonderful signs accompanied his practice.
He is especially famous for his fight against the Buddhist monk Kagyüpa: Drikung Nagpo Dzumme , “the black who never smiles”.
At the same time, this Tibetan lama was indeed meditating in the valley below. He resided on a hill at the top of the villages of the Tarakot place called Drikung Gompa at Gumbatara village. These two great masters clashed in this place and showed as much their talent in the magic as in the debate. Their magic battle left various traces inscribed in the landscape. The imprints of their bodies, remnants of torma, traces left by their ritual daggers/Vajra (phurba), etc. witness extraordinary events and turned the area into a sacred place.