(Last Updated on : 11/05/2011)
Bomdila Monastry is one of the most revered monasteries of Arunachal Pradesh
. This monastery stations a number of Buddhist lamas and Monks who follow Mahayana Buddhism
. Built in 1965 this monastery was a replica of the Tsona Gontse monastery at Tsona located in southern Tibet. This was set up by the twelfth incarnation of Tsona Gontse Rinpoche. Born in Morshing in west Kameng district
, he established the monastery in 1965 before his death in 1966. This was later on renovated and enlarged in 1997 under the supervision of 14th Dalai Lama.
Monastery comprises a prayer hall and a temple of Lord Buddha which is used by the Lamas and the monks for peace prayers and residential quarters for the monks. Besides this the young monks are also taught to narrate the prayers and perform tantrayana practices and educate them about the monastic life and tradition. The gompa is also known for a number of other attractions. The most prominent are the crafts which are commonly found in the craft centre of Bomdila. Among the major attractions the dragon carpets, thanka wall hangings a number of paintings are mainly attractive for the people who visit the area. These reflect the craftsmanship that represents the skill of the local artists. This place is located among the most picturesque sites. Bomdila Monastery is located near Tipi Orchid Research centre that is situated at the bank of River Bharali .Tipi Orchid centre is one of the largest orchid centres of Asia which has at least 500 species of orchids. Along with this Bhalukpong is another important tourist spot which is closely located near Bomdila Monastery.
Festivals of Bomdila Monastery
Bomdila monastery, celebrates a number of festivals. Losar is a major festival which is celebrated during the New Year according to the Monpa calendar. This festival continues for 15 days, during which prayers are offered and colourful flags are hoisted. Saka Dawa is another festival which is celebrated during the fourth month of the lunar calendar. This marks the day of the Buddha`s enlightenment. Torgya is another major occasion which is celebrated in the third day of the eleventh month, according to the lunar calendar. This is celebrated to rejoice the victory of good over the evil. Another major festival is Dukpa Tse-Shi which is observed in the 6th month of the lunar calendar. This is celebrated to honour the first sermon delivered by the Buddha. While there is the Lhabab Duechen festival which is celebrated to mark the reincarnation of the Buddha in his Shakyamuni forms; this is celebrated on the ninth month of the lunar calendar.