Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal
|Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal|
|Chogyal of Sikkim|
|Reign||11 February 1914 – 5 December 1914|
|Died||5 December 1914
Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal (Sikkimese: སྲིད་སཀྱོང་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་; Wylie: srid skyong sprul sku rnam rgyal) (1879–5 December 1914) was the ruling Maharaja and Chogyal of Sikkim for a brief period in 1914, from 10 February to 5 December.
He was the second son 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.
After his education in Oxford, he returned to Sikkim where he was closely associated with the administration of the country. He worked to dissolve 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", 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.
- 1879 - 1899: Prince Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal
- 1899 - 1911: Maharajkumar Sri Panch Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal
- 1911 - 1913: Maharajkumar Sri Panch Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal, CIE
- 1913 - 1914: Lieutenant Maharajkumar Sri Panch Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal, CIE
- 1914: Lieutenant His Highness Sri Panch Sikeong Tulku Namgyal, Maharaja Chogyal of Sikkim, CIE
- Delhi Durbar Medal, 1 January 1903.
- Delhi Durbar Medal, 11 December 1911.
- CIE: Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire, 12 December 1911.
- Mahendra P. Lama, Sikkim: society, polity, economy, environment
- Kuldip Singh Gulia, Mountains of the God
- H. G. Joshi, Sikkim: past and present, Mittal Publications, 2004, ISBN 81-7099-932-4, ISBN 978-81-7099-932-4
- Middleton, Ruth (1989). Alexandra David-Neel. Boston, Shambhala. ISBN 1-57062-600-6.
- Patrick French, Younghusband: the last great imperial adventurer
- Earle Rice, Alexandra David-Neel: Explorer at the Roof of the World, Infobase Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0-7910-7715-2, ISBN 978-0-7910-7715-3, p. 51
- Lawrence Epstein, Richard Sherburne, Reflections on Tibetan culture: essays in memory of Turrell V. Wylie, E. Mellen Press, 1990; ISBN 0-88946-064-7, ISBN 978-0-88946-064-5; p. 61
- Royal Ark
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Sidkeong Tulku NamgyalBorn: 1879 Died: 5 December 1914
|Chogyal of Sikkim
11 February 1914 – 5 December 1914