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About The Gorsam Kora Festival


The Gorsam Kora festival, symbolised the enduring friendship between India and Bhutan commenced on 7th March and concluded on 10th March this year.


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Gorsam Kora Festival

The Gorsam Kora Festival is a significant cultural event held in Arunachal Pradesh’s Zeminthang Valley along the Nyanmjang Chu River. Here are some key details about the festival:

  • Location: The festival takes place at Gorsam Chorten, a 93 feet tall stupa located in the Zeminthang Valley. The valley is situated along the Nyanmjang Chu River in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • History: The Gorsam Chorten was built during the 13th century AD by a local monk named Lama Pradhar. It holds historical significance as it served as the first resting place for the 14th Dalai Lama after he fled from Tibet in 1959. The festival celebrates the cultural heritage associated with the Gorsam Chorten.
  • Cultural Significance: The festival features cultural performances and Buddhist rituals held at the Gorsam Chorten. It is considered older than the renowned Tawang Monastery. The festival attracts devotees from various regions, including Bhutan, Tawang, and neighbouring areas.
  • Date: The Gorsam Kora Festival typically takes place on the last day of the first month of the Lunar calendar.
  • Attendees: The festival attracts a diverse audience, including pilgrims, lamas, and cultural enthusiasts. Many Bhutanese nationals also participate in the festival, fostering camaraderie and cultural exchange among attendees.
  • Events: The festival includes a variety of events, such as cultural performances by local troupes and Indian army bands. Additionally, martial performances like Mallakhamb (traditional Indian gymnastics) and Zanjh Pathaka (sword dance) are also featured during the festival.

-Source: Indian Express

May 2024