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Thousands Of Bhutanese Stream Into Arunachal Pradesh


Thousands Of Bhutanese Stream Into Arunachal Pradesh

KOLKATA (IANS) – Thousands of Bhutanese nationals, including Buddhist monks, were in the picturesque Zemithang in Arunachal Pradesh, to be part of the annual Gorsam Kora Festival that went on till March 10.

Zemithang, the last administrative division of India in Arunachal Pradesh, shares its western border with Bhutan. At the same time, it is located close to the Line of Actual Control with China.

The festival is held around the Gorsam Chorten Stupa dating back to the 12th century and is older than the Tawang monastery.

The Indian Army’s Gajraj Corps is instrumental in organizing the festival. The Army has been holding several events for both pilgrims and casual visitors.

The focal point is Himalayan Buddhism.

“Though the festival has been going on for years, its importance has grown recently, owing to efforts by China to build stronger ties with Bhutan. The area is of strategic importance as it is a sort of tri-junction between India, Bhutan, and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Such events help bolster age-old ties between the people of Bhutan and India,” a senior administrative official of Tawang said.

Incidentally, it was at Zemithang that the 14th Dalai Lama took his first rest on his way from Tibet to India in 1959.

While he was there, he planted a sapling at Khinzemane. Today, the sapling is a large tree and is considered holy by pilgrims who pray there.

The 93-feet-high Gorsam Chorten Stupa is modelled after the Boudhanath Khasti Stupa of Nepal.

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