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prime Mahayana Buddhist monastery in Arunachal Pradesh, Bomdila Monastery is
a replica of Tibets Tsona Gontse Monastery. Also known as Gentse Gaden
Rabgyel Lling monastery, Bomdilas Gompa comprises a prayer hall for
peace prayers, a Buddha temple and residential quarters for monks along with
a study center for young monks who want to pursue monastic life.
Famous as the largest Buddhist monastery in India, Tawang in Arunachal
Pradesh controls seventeen gompas in the area. The commanding part of the
monastery comprises three storied assembly complex featuring the temple and
the 28 ft high Golden statue of Buddha. Also known as Galden Namgey Lhatse
in Tibetan meaning celestial paradise in a clear night, Tawang Monastery is
mostly visited and followed by Mahayana Buddhists. The Library in Tawangs
main complex preserves an impressive collection of ancient books and
manuscripts including the famous Buddhist scriptures Kangyur and Tangyur
inscribed in gold.
Surrounded on the three sides by Myanmar (Burma), Vijaynagar in Arunachal
Pradesh showcases the relics of Buddhist centre. Around 17th century, the
tribes of Myanmar - Khamti and Singfo migrated here and developed the
Buddhist centre, built stupas and monastery.
The only site of Buddhist reverence amidst the aromatic brews of Assam,
Hajo has a Hayagriva Mahadeva Temple which is considered sacred by Hindus
and Buddhists alike. It is believed that Lord Buddha attained Nirvana here
at this place.