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Bomdila Monastery, Bomdila: The Bomdila Gompa or monastery is one of the most prominent centres of the Lamaistic faith of Mahayana Buddhism. A replica of the Tsona Gontse monastery at Tsona in the southern Tibet, the Bomdila monastery(also known as the Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Lling monastery) was set up by the twelfth reincarnate of the Tsona Gontse Rinpoche. The reincarnate who was born in Morshing, west Kameng, had established this monastery in the year 1965 before his death in 1966. However, the Rinpoche, the thirteenth reincarnation, Tsona Gontse Rinpoche renovated and enlarged the monastery by including a huge main prayer hall, which was further blessed by His Highness the 14th Holi Dalai Lama in 1997.The main festivals being celebrated in Bomdila Monastery are Losar and Saka Dawa. Losar is celebrated 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 the prayer flags. Saka Dawa is held on the fourth month of the lunar calendar, marks the day of the Buddha's enlightenment.Bomdila is accessible by road from Tezpur situated 160 km away.
Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh, is an excellent place to get a panoramic view of the entire city and the hills. It is well connected through Tezpur and is home to some of the best apple orchards and the huge Bomdila monastery. The lush green scenery makes it a treat for nature lovers. If you happen to visit Bomdila during the Losar Festival season in March, you will get a chance to witness the new year celebrations of the Monpa tribe.
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