This Gomphu Kora Tshechu Festival is one of the most popular festivals in eastern Bhutan and is held in Trashiyangtse. It began in the 8th century and legend has it that an evil spirit from Tibet took refuge inside a huge rock which still stand today. Guru Rinpoche meditated inside an opening of the rock for three days and subdued the evil turning the spirit into a protective guardian of Buddhism
‘Gomphu’ translates to meditation cave and ‘kora’ means ‘circumambulation’ and the festival is famous for its practice of devotees circumambulating the rock and the adjacent temple. The festival also hosts several mask dances and other traditional songs and dances. This festival also attracts a large number of Buddhist devotees from the adjacent Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.
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