Where- 5 km from Namchi
Initiated by Shri Pawan Chamling, the Chief Minister of Sikkim, Solophok Chardham is one of the most popular attractions of Sikkim. The prime aim behind its formation was the promotion of Eco and Village tourism, clubbing it with Religious Tourism. This site is visited by national as well as foreign tourists. Located at a distance of about 5 km from Namchi in South Sikkim, the complex is built on the top Solophok hill and covers an area of 7 acres.
Boasting of being Pilgrimage as well as Cultural Center, Chardham of Namchi has a huge statue of Lord Shiva, which is 87 feet in height. This statue is established in a temple that is 108 feet high. The statue is of the Lord in a seated posture at the Solophok Hill. Another highlight of the center is the replicas of 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.
According to mythology, Lord Shiva was born in the form of Kirateshwar in a place called Indrakeel, which today is known as Sikkim. Due to the same reasons, he is worshipped by the local people as Lord Kiratshwar. The temple complex also has a statue of Lord Kirateshwar, which is 16.5 feet high.
Chardham yatra is one of the most revered pilgrimage journeys in Hinduism and comprises of 4 religious destinations, namely, Dwarka (West), Puri (East), Badrinath (North) and Rameshwaram (South). Solophok Chardham also has models of these places so that the visitors can pay their reverence.
Chardham complex in Sikkim is distributed mainly in 4 parts- i) Statue of Lord Shiva with 12 Jyotirlingas, ii) Chardham, iii) Sai Baba Temple, and iv) Kirateshwar statue. There are a few other sacred sites too, such as Nandi bull temple, Sai dwar, Shiv dwar, and Kirat Dwar.
For the entertainment as well as comfort of the visitors, the temple has some other facilities also. Some of them are information kiosks, security building cum auditorium cum cafeteria, VIP guest house, car parking, driver’s room, viewing pavilion, main prayer hall, dormitory, 96 bedded Yatri Niwas, and viewing chattri.