Tsomjay Tso: A Sacred Site in Tibetan Culture
Tsomjay Tso, also known as “Lha-Po Bzang Mtsho” and “Chorten Nyima Viewing Lake,” hold a revered place in Tibetan culture. Meaning “Greeting Lake” or “Observing Lake,” this sacred site is located southwest of Kampa County’s centre, in Changlong Township, under the shadow of the Chorten Nyima Lha mountain glacier. At an elevation of 5,500 meters, the Chorten Nyima Glacier majestically oversees the area.
The Sacred Trio of Lakes
Legend speaks of three mystical lakes beneath the glaciers near the Chorten Nyima Monastery’s snow-capped mountains. Known collectively as the “Sacred Lakes,” each lake has its unique allure. The central one is Gold Lake, with Jade Lake to the right, and Copper Lake, believed to be in India, to the left.
Jade Lake – A Glimpse into the Future
Jade Lake, part of the “Viewing Lakes” of Chorten Nyima, is enshrouded in mystery. Devout followers believe they can see visions of their future lives in its waters, creating a sense of awe and reverence for those who visit.
Copper Lake – A Tranquil Haven
Copper Lake, another “Viewing Lake,” provides a tranquil setting for pilgrims. It’s a sought-after destination for those looking to gain insights into their future lives.
Gold Lake’s Rituals
A unique tradition invites pilgrims to wrap personal items like jewellery or coins in a Khata and cast them into Gold or Jade Lake. This act is believed to reveal their future lives as reflected in the lake’s waters. Some claim to have seen their images, enhancing the lakes’ mystical appeal.
Insights for Visitors: The Wash-Over Pool
About half a kilometre from the Viewing Lakes, beyond a small hill and into another valley, is a hot spring called the “Wash-Over Pool.” According to local lore, in ancient Tibet, individuals seeking to atone for grave sins would bathe in this pool. The ritual, conducted with monks from Chorten Nyima Monastery, involves prayers and guidance into the pool. Following the bath, the monks issue a certificate, symbolizing absolution and the cleansing of sins.