The Gontse Gaden Rahgyel Ling Monastery (GRL Monastery) houses Buddhist Lamas and monks at Bomdila.  It is recognised as one of the mojor centres of the Lamaistic faith of Mahayana Buddhism.  GRL Monastery is situated in Bomdila, West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh, India and was built by the 12th reincarnate of Tsona Gontse Rinpoche in 1965-66. The reincarnate who was born in Morshing, West Kameng has established this monastery in the year 1965 before his dealth in 1966.  It was rebuilt by the 13th reincarnation, Tsona Gontse Rinpoche, Tenzin Jampal Wangchuk who renovated the monastery by building a larger prayer hall.

 

The Gompa comprises a prayer hall, used by the Lamaas and the monks for peace prayers, a temple of the Buddha and residential quarters for the monks.  Besides the prayers and tantrayana practices, the young monks are also taught about the monastic life and tradition and different subjects by the senior Lamaas or the monks of the monastery.

 

The Bomdila Monastery, a follower of the Mahayana school of Buddhish, celebrates numerous festivals important in a Buddhist’s life.  Losar is celebrated to mark the beginning of the New Year according to Monapa calendar.  Saka Dawa, held on the fourth month of the lunar calendar, marks the day of the Buddha’s enlightenment.  Dukpa aTse-Shi, observed in the sixth month according to the lunar calendar honours the fist sermon delivered by the Buddha, Lhahab Duechen festival marks the reincarnation of the Buddha in His Shakyamuni form is celebrated in the ninth month of the lunar calendar.  Torgya is another occasion celebrated in the eleventh month of the lunar calendar to rejoice the victory of good over the evil.