Yam Dwar

Yam Dwar

Gateway of the God of Death, this is the place of entering the abode of Lord Shiva. Tibetans call 'Tarboche' for Yam Dwar. They believe that Tarboche is the place from where they start circumambulation of their deity's home. To visit Shiva's home, one must pass through the Yama Dwar. 'Yama' is the lord of death and 'Dwar' means gate. Tarboche is nearly a 30 minutes drive from Darchen (the base of Mt. Kailash). Yama, who brings mortal souls to his haven and make judgment of one's merit & sin, then release for onward cosmic journey, It is said, the real enter from this gate can be made after emancipating the soul from mortal world.

Tibetan believes that Kailash is the home of 'Demchok' (Demchok is the name of their deity). Every year, they establish a new prayer flag-pole in Tarboche. They ritually take down the old one then replace it with a new adorned flagpole. The ceremony takes place on the full moon day of the forth lunar month. During the ceremony, people from all over the Tibet gather here, they make the circumambulation of flag pole clockwise. While making circumambulation they play the music of horns, conches, drums etc. The ceremony lasts for a few days.