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Gorsam Kora Festival

Why is it in the news?

  • The Gorsam Kora Festival was recently celebrated in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, under the theme of ‘India-Bhutan Friendship & Shared Cultural Heritage of Himalayan Buddhism’.

About the Festival

  • It鈥檚 an annual festival held in Zemithang Valley along Nyanmjang Chu River, Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh, India.
  • Takes place at Gorsam Chorten, a 93-foot-tall Stupa built in the 13th century AD by Lama Pradhar. This landmark is older than Tawang Monastery, significant icon of Himalayan Buddhism.
  • Observed on the last day of the first month of the Lunar calendar.
  • Features diverse events including performances by local cultural troupes and Indian Army bands.
  • Martial performances like Mallakhamb and Zanjh Pathaka are part of the festival.
  • Symbolizes enduring friendship between India and Bhutan.


Historical Significance

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 14th Dalai Lama sought refuge in Zemithang Valley upon escaping from Tibet in 1959.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Gorsam Chorten, modelled after Nepal’s Boudhinath Stupa, served as a significant site for the Dalai Lama during his escape.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Gorsam Chorten has a spiritual companion, Chorten Kora, located in Trashiyangtse, Bhutan.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Chorten Kora was built in 1740 and shares a similar architectural inspiration with Gorsam Chorten.


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