Aug 02: On the way to Tawang Monastery, (district Tawang) Arunachal, the snow peaked overlooking mountain, piled up clouds gaurd the largest monastery of India “Golden Namghyal Lhatse”. Tawang which is a bone of contention between India and China is attracting tourists from different parts of the world.
Some ten thousand feet above sea level it stands splendidly making its presence felt in the valley. Peace loving Serdukpan and Mompas tribe inhabit the surroundings.
Near the entrance is a pond “Dung-Gyur Mani, which is the source of water in the monastery for different purposes. Kakaling is the entrygate,and is embellished with beautiful painting of various deities which satisfies aesthetic quest along with the religious one.
The magnificent Dukung is the assembly hall which speaks of its regality. It is three storied building, housing the temple and an 8.3 meter high statue of Buddha. The wall of Dukung is decorated with murals of various divinities. The building also has library “Park.hang” which has treasured years old scriptures, religious books and hand written manuscripts. Thankas showing Buddha and other deities in different poses is the main attraction. All the holy scriptures, the paintings are spiritually reviving.
The monastery is said to be founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyamtso and belong to Gelupa sect of Buddhism. It is also the birthplace of 6 th Dalai Lama Tsangyaqng Gyatso who was Mompa by ethnicity.
Journey is not easy as it is not connected by air routes, the nearest airport is Tejpur in Assam and then through bumpy roads. But after the long travel there is grandeur of Tawang’s beauty to renovate u from the trivialities of long distance travel. Any tourist-animal would not mind taking pains to discover the unique beauty of the place.
shantanu kumarOctober 25, 2007 at 12:00 AM
jeminiAugust 9, 2007 at 12:00 AM