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Bomdila Monastery

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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.

History

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 northeastern India.

Festivals Observed

The Bomdila monastery, a follower of the Mahayana school of Buddhism, celebratesnumerous festivals important in a Buddhist's life. Losar, being the major one, iscelebrated to mark the beginning of the New Year according to the Monapa calendar.This festival goes on for 15 days, in which prayers are offered along with hoisting of theprayer flags. Another festival, Saka Dawa, held on the fourth month of the lunarcalendar, marks the day of the Buddha's enlightenment. Torgya is another majoroccasion celebrated for three days i the eleventh month of the lunar calendar to rejoicethe victory of good over the evil. Dukpa Tse-Shi, observed in the 6th month according tothe lunar calendar honours the fist sermon delivered by the Buddha while the LhababDuechen festival marks the reincarnation of the Buddha in His Shakyamuni form,celebrated on the ninth month of the calendar.

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  03782 223 188

  Cona, Bomdila, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh 790001, india