Project Plan

Constitution of a committee of Secretaries

To begin with the project on May 2, 1997 the statue Government constituted a Committee consisting of Secretaries of Tourism, Buildings and Housings, Roads and Bridges, Ecclesiastical, Forest and Finance Departments to plan and implement the Samdrupste project in a proper manner taking due care of the physical as well as religious aspects.

Constitution of a Advisory board under Kyabje Dodrupchen Rimpoche

Further, as suggested by the Chief Minister, an Advisory Board with Kyabje Dodrupchen Rimpoche and other prominent Monks was also constituted to advice the Committee on the religious aspects of implementing the prestigious project. Later, the Tourism Minister, accompanied by the Principal Secretary (Finance), Commissioner – Cum- Secretary(Tourism) and Special Secretary(Ecclesiastical), called on Venerable Dodrupchen Rimpoche and formally requested him to take up the responsibility of construction and installation of the Statue of Guru Rimpoche and assured him of all the financial support and related matters in reference to the project. The venerable Rimpoche kindly consented to take up the responsibility after some initial reservations. Kyabje Dodrupchen Rimpoche accompanied by the Committee constituted to oversee the implementation of the project visited the site at Samdrupste on May 5, 1997. The moment Dodrupchen Rimpoche reached the location at Samdrupste with the visiting team, he expressed that no site could have been more suitable and ideally located. His Eminence also indicated that the installation of the Statue would greatly benefit State from all angles as Sikkim is considered to be a holy land and a pilgrimage center where in a number of hidden treasures, including the sacred mountain Khang-chen-dzo-nga were blessed and consecrated by Guru Rimpoche when he passed through Sikkim on his way to Tibet. Dodrupchen Rimpoche strongly felt that Sikkim’s Chief Minister Pawan Chamling’s brilliant initiative to install the statue of Guru Rimpoche was extremely timely and significant specially at a time when world was full of negative aspirations a omens.


Roles and Responsibilities of various department

The Forest Department was assigned to develop the area as an Eco-park and initiate environmental clearance for the project. The Buildings Department was asked with surveying the area and preparing a comprehensive contour map and conducting soil and load bearing tests. Similarly, Roads & Bridges Department was directed to initiate the alignment of the road leading to Samdrupste and provide a footpath. Thereafter, discussions were held on collection and preparation of the Zoong(Sacred relics) of religious and sacred items by the Dodrupchen Chorten Trust to be filled inside the statute, locating skilled artisans and sculptors and architects to design the lay-out of the entire area and landscaping it in harmony with the natural surroundings. The Chief Secretary, accompanied by a high-powered official team, also visited Samdrupste on August 17, 1997 and inspected the progress of work of different departments.