Tendong Lho Rum Faat 2024

8 August 2024
Sikkim    Regional holiday

Tendong Lho Rum Faat is one of the most ancient and significant festivals celebrated by the Lepcha people in Sikkim. The celebrations mark the auspicious occasion when ancestors of Lepcha tribe were saved by the holy Tendong Hill from a great deluge lasting 40 days and 40 nights. While the festival is celebrated with great fanfare throughout the state, the prime venue happens to be at Namchi, the home to this sacred hill in South of Sikkim.

A trek commencing from Ravangla up to the Tendong Hill is the prime highlight of this beautiful festival and which makes us a great draw for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts too who especially travel here from parts of the nation to not only satiate their adrenaline desires but, also to soak themselves in cultural and mythological essence of the local tribal communities.

According to Lepcha mythology, during the time of earths creation when Himalayan Range was just in its initial stage of formation, a great volcanic eruption destroyed Naho and Nather Pokh, the sources of Rivers Teesta and Rangeet, causing continuous rains for 40 days. This resulted in floods and a huge loss to life and property; and the destruction of

Lepcha tribe, who at that time was the prime inhabitants of the earth, was nearly imminent. It is during that occasion, the Tendong Hill rose like a horn from the head of a deity and people started climbing it to get themselves saved from the havoc. From that day onwards, Lepcha people worship this holy hill, which in English translates to “the hill of the raised horn” and pay their homage to the creator who helped save their ancestors.