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Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal

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The 13th Dalai Lama, Sir Charles Bell (both seated) and Maharaj Kumar Sidkeong Trul-ku (standing between the other two) pose for photograph, 1910, Calcutta.


Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal (1879–5 December 1914) was the ruling Maharaja and Chogyal of Sikkim for a brief period in 1914, from 10 February to 5 December.

Biography

He was the eldest son and heir of Maharaja Sri Panch Sir Thutob Namgyal, and was educated at St. Paul's School, Darjeeling and at Pembroke College, Oxford. A polyglot, he was learned in Chinese, English, Hindi, Lepcha, Nepali and Tibetan.

He was recognized as the reincarnation of his uncle, Sidkeong Namgyal, the abbot of Phodong Monastery. Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal reconstructed the monastery.

After his education in Oxford, he returned to Sikkim where he was closely associated with the administration of the country. He worked to dissolved the greed that occurs in vested interests and tried to unify Buddhists by renovating monasteries and their roles.

When Alexandra David-Néel was invited to the royal monastery of Sikkim, she met Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal, at that time Maharaj Kumar (crown prince). She became Sidkeong's "confidante and spiritual sister", perhaps her lover.

Following an attack of jaundice, Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal died of heart failure on 5 December 1914, aged 35, in most suspicious circumstances. He was succeeded by his younger brother, Tashi Namgyal.

Palden Thondup Namgyal was subsequently recognized as the reincarnate leader of Phodong.

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Source

Wikipedia:Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal