Legship is a small town located 26km north of Jorethang. It is the gateway to west Sikkim connecting Gezing and Pelling with the rest of the state, lies on the bank of river Rangit. The town is an extremely picturesque place and one can get a view of snow capped mountains from the town. The picturesque place is an ideal for relaxing and escaping the hectic life of the city. The town is also an important place and has a religious significance for many people in the area.
Kirateshwar Mahadev Mandir: which finds reference in the Mahabharata. As the legend goes, one day when Arjuna was meditating in the forest in Legship, he heard some noise. Realizing that it might be some beast, Arjuna set a target and shot at the animal: subsequently, another arrow came flying at the same time from the opposite direction and pierced the target. Thus, there was a confusion as who had shot the target first: but, owing to his dexterity, Arjuna realized that it could not be anyone, but Lord Shiva himself. Therefore, he bowed before him and sought his blessings. As a result, Lord Shiva showed Arjuna his true self and blessed him with his own arrow. It is said that Arjuna used the same arrow to defeat his brothers at the Mahabharata.
Rangit River Dam : is a big Dam meant for the Rangit Hydel project, recently installed by NHPC company. As the dam is right on the main river bed between the stiff rocky cliffs it appears more like natural lake a non Govt tourism organization of Legship is conducting boating during tourist seasons. The place is suitable for a day picnic too. Rangit Water World, a lake formed by the Rangit dam offers swimming, angling and river rafting facilities.
Other near by attractions : 4 kms from here, close to Reshi is the very popular Phur Cha-chu sulphur baths. This hot water spring is well known for its medicinal properties. Close by is Kah-do Sang phu or ‘the cave of the occult fairies’ considered sacred by the people. Lho Khando Sang Pho is one of the four famous caves in Sikkim, where Guru Rempoche the 8th century great Indian Buddhist Tantric yogi meditated . The three other caves are Nub Dechenphu, Chyang Lhari Ngingphu and Sharcho Phephu which are in the other three directions . This is this cave where Guru Rempoche tamed a female demon.
Site is important for Buddhist pilgrimage. Right there in front of the cave is the hot spring by name Phurchachu where in winter many pilgrims patients from Bhutan Nepal West Bengal and within Sikkim gather for having dip.
Festival: Often called the Gateway to West Sikkim, Legship is slowly gaining in popularity. The main festival of the temple, Bala Chaturdesi is observed in December each year. Other temples dedicated to Lord Rama and Durga are also found here making it an important Temples destination for Hindus. There is a Dharamshala next to the Shiva temple.
Reaching Legship: The town of Legship is situated at a distance of around 70 kilometers from Siliguri and 16 kilometers from the town of Gangtok. The place is accessible using taxis, jeeps and private vehicles.
Originally posted 2016-03-29 12:52:05.