The colourful land of Bomdila, which lies amidst the graceful Himalayan ranges at a height of 8500 feet above the sea level, is the headquarter of the western Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. The Buddhist monastery of Bomdila is the repository ofculture and is among primary attractions of the area.
The Bomdila Gompa or monastery is one of the most prominent centres of theLamaistic faith of Mahayana Buddhism. A replica of the Tsona Gontse monastery atTsona in the southern Tibet, the Bomdila monastery (also known as the Gentse GadenRabgyel Lling monastery) was set up by the twelfth reincarnate of the Tsona GontseRinpoche. The reincarnate who was born in Morshing, west Kameng, had establishedthis monastery in the year 1965 before his death in 1966. However, theRinpoche, thethirteenth reincarnation, Tsona Gontse Rinponche renovated and enlarged themonastery by including a huge main prayer hall, which was further blessed by HisHighness the 14th Holi Dalai Lama in 1997.The Gompa comprises a prayer hall, used by the Lamas and the monks for peaceprayers, a temple of the Buddha and residential quarters for the monks. Besides theprayers and tantrayana practices, the young monks are also taught about the monasticlife and tradition and different subjects by the senior Lamas or the monks ofthemonastery.
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airports are at Guwahati(342 km), the state capital of Assam, andTezpur in Assam situated at a distance of 160 kilometers.
By Rail: The nearest railhead of Bomdila is at Tezpur, 160 kilometers away, but themost convenient railway station is at Guwahati(342 km), which is connected bynumerous major trains like the Rajdhani Express to different cities of India likeDelhi,Kolkata and Patna.
By Road: Bomdila is easily accessible by road from Tezpur(160
km) in Assam, and canbe reached by a local bus or a jeep.
The monastery follows the Mahayana school of Buddhism
and celebrates numerousfestivals important in a Buddhist's life. Losar,
being the major one, iscelebrated to markthe beginning of the New Year
according to the Monapa calendar. This festival goes onfor 15 days, in which
prayers are offered along with hoisting of the prayer flags. Anotherfestival,
Saka Dawa, held on the fourth month of the lunar calendar, marks the day ofthe
Buddha's enlightenment. Torgya is another major occasion celebrated for
threedays in the eleventh month of the lunar calendar to rejoice the victory of
good over theevil. Dukpa Tse-Shi, observed in the 6th month according to the
lunar calendar honoursthe fist sermon delivered by the Buddha while the Lhabab
Duechen festival marks thereincarnation of the Buddha in His Shakyamuni form, celebrated
on the ninth month ofthe calendar.The land of Bomdila and its culture is under
a strong Tibetan cultural and traditionalinfluence. It is an
attractive destination for the tourists from all across the globe to havea
closer look of Indian culture, Buddhist tradition and hospitable locales of the