Tourism in Arunachal Pradesh is incomplete without praying your sins in some of these shrines like Tawang Monastary, Chillipam Gompa, Golden Pagoda, Urgyelling Gompa, Dangoria Baba temple, Parasuram Kund, Shivlinga at Kardo Hills, Akahshiganga, Malinithan and there are more. Amongst the top tourist attractions in Arunachal, you are to feel spiritually lifted in these divine places.
From the above-mentioned shrines Tawang Monastery, Bomdila Monastery and Urgelling Monastery are the most significant ones. Here you ought to find young monks being taught various subjects and traditional Buddhist education. Being a part of the moment inside the monasteries is simply amazing with such detachable ambience along with a unique spiritual background. To seek the blessings of divine God, plan your pilgrimage holiday to these tourist attraction of Arunachal Pradesh.
Tawang Monastery – The kingdom of Buddha
Blessed with impressive surroundings, Twang Monastery is the largest Buddhist monastery in Asia.
This monastery is the most popular monastery in Arunachal Pradesh. Tawang Monastery is also known as the Gaden Namgyal Lhatse and it sits on the prick of a hill, about 10,000 feet above. The famous Tawang Monastery is a popular tourist attraction and it was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyamtso in the year 1860-61 AD and it offers an impressive and picturesque view of the Tawang – Chu valley. Undoubtedly, the monastery appears to look like a fort from afar, shimmering with royalty similar to a mini kingdom. Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh is ranked as the second largest monastery in the world after Borobudur in Indonesia. Most importantly the giant statue of Lord Buddha sits peacefully in the middle of the northern side of the Monastery. A massive richly adorned Tawang Monastery is a definite must visit attraction in Arunachal Pradesh during your next spiritual holiday.
Taktsang Gompa – Tiger’s nest
Literally meaning Tiger’s Den, Taktsang Gompa is located at an altitude of about 12,500 to 13,000 feet on the top of a hillock and by a cliff. At first glance, the view of this gompa will make you feel weak on the knees. It is so peaceful, pristine, and sound that only sound that you will hear will be the wind blowing and your heart beating. One of the finest religious places to visit in Tawang, it rose to prominence in the 8th century when Guru Padmasambhava visited here. According to the legends, the guru meditated here in a cave for some time. Since it is located at a high altitude, you need to carry warm clothes. Eloped in the thick coniferous forest and lofty mountains, the monastery remain thronged with devotees. Missing out your camera on your visit to Taktsang Gompa will be a crime; it is not only a spiritual treat but a visual one too.
Kardo Shivalinga – largest Shiva linga unearthed
Happens to be one of the largest Shiva linga unearthed in recent times, Shiva Lingam in the Kardo Forest is the miraculous discovery of Mr. Prem Subha, who found this 25 ft tall and 22 ft wide Shiva lingam while cutting a tree during the holy month of Shravana. It is believed that the tree was on the verge of falling. Fortunately, nothing happened to the lingam, and the tree falls a few kilometers away. Suddenly something struck in his mind and realized that it was not a mere stone. It stood clearly visible which appealed him to believe it as Shiva Lingam.
Parashuram kund – pond of purity
Parshuram Kund is a Hindu pilgrimage centre located on the Brahmaputra plateau in the lower reaches of the Lohit River. The holy pond is about 21 km away from Tezu and is dedicated to sage Parshuram. It is believed that taking a dip in the holy water of this lake cleanses one from their sin. Therefore, hundreds of devotees from Nepal and across India come here to take a dip on the day of Makar Sankranti in January. It is recorded that over 70,000 devotees and sages take holy dip its water.
Malinithan- love tale of Krishna-Rukmini
The Malinithan archaeological site is located at the base of the Siang mountains in the Likabali. Malinithan is quite a prominent attraction of Arunachal Pradesh.
There’s an intriguing story associated with the name of the temple, according to which Krishna eloped with Rukmini, the daughter of King Bhishmaka of Vidarbha, and then traveled from Bhishmakanagar to Dwarka. During their journey, they stopped at Malinithan, where they received a wall welcome and was presented with garlands made of flowers plucked from her orchard. Krishna was so much fascinated by the scent of a flower that he addressed Parvati as Malini, meaning “the mistress of the garden.” That’s how the place got its name – Malinithan. As per another story, the image of a female without the head was unearthed during the excavations, which represented Malini who was the lover of Shiva. The image of the goddess Durga found here is known as “Pupane”, an ancient name for the Divine Mother.
Urguelling Monastery- Abode of Peace
Urguelling Monastery is a beautiful monastery located at a distance of 5km from Tawang town in Arunachal Pradesh. Its foundation was laid by Urgen Sangpo, the youngest brother of Terton Pempalingpa, the celebrated Treasure-Revealer. It was established in the 15th century. This place is the birth place of Tsangyang Gyatso, the Sixth Dalai Lama. The monastery is of great historic importance. There is no airport and railway station in Tawang, so road is the only way to reach here. Accommodation is easily available here.
Destruction By Invaders:
The Mongols attacked the monastery in the 18th century. In order to save the statues and scriptures penned down in gold and silver transported from this monastery to Twang monastery during the attack.