Golden Pagoda attracts devotees from all faiths

India's North-East region boasts of places of beauty where nature flourishes with all its glory. But apart from its natural wonders, the region also possesses places which best reflects India's secular character. Keeping its tradition of diversity alive, a Buddhist Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh attracts a large number of devotees belonging to different religious beliefs. Golden Pagoda, or Khongmu-kham in the local Tai Khamti language, stands besides the Patkai resort in Namsai district. Thousands of devotees, monks and followers of the Buddha throng every year to the Pagoda as it is considered sacred and very significant.The Golden Pagoda is a temple complex situated on about 20 hectares of land and is built in a Burmese architectural design.People visiting the monastery don't feel any discrimination and get completely mused to the beauty. The Pagoda was built by over 300 architects from Myanmar and skilled masons. It has an installation of 13 crowns atop the Stupas, with Lord Buddha's relics from India, Thailand and Myanmar. It also consists of the Kala Buddha of Nalanda archive.There is also a centre for cultural research of the Tai Khamti-Singpho tribes, a library and a monastery/monk's hostel adjacent to the temple. The origin of the temple has a long history behind it as it was in the year 1995-96 when Chowna Mein went to Thailand with Ven Phramaha Somboon Temduang, who took him to Wat Aranjikavas. Together they met chief monk, Prakhu Pabhavana (Kit-thun-thon), who donated the Lord Buddha statue which was later installed at the main shrine of the Golden Pagoda complex. It took Chowna Mein a considerable time of 12 years to find a suitable site for construction of the Pagoda. The site was finalised in 2008 and construction work was started, which led to its completion in the year 2010.Monks from around the world come here to pay their obeisance and also pray for the unity between different communities.The best route for traveller to reach there is by Road: Tinsukia- Dirak Check Gate - Namsai - Tengapani Golden Pagoda which is a Total distance of 88KM and the Nearest Railhead is the Tinsukia Junction and if one wants to travel by air the nearest Airport is Dibrugarh Airport in Assam. It is worth mentioning that the King of Thailand, late Bhumibol Adulyadej, gifted a Buddha Relic and Buddha Statue to this temple. Thus, Golden Pagoda became the only monastery to have a Buddha relic in India along with the National Museum in New Delhi. Patkai Resort, which is adjacent to the Kongmu-kham (Golden Pagoda), is a separate entity. It is made operational to cater to the accommodation needs of tourists and devotees.India is a place where religious centers can be found in every corner of the country and since centuries they have propagated the message of peace and brotherhood.