Taktsang (Tak-Tsang) Gompa or T-Gompa, 50 km from Tawang, is oneof the holiest Buddhist shrines of Arunachal. Standing amidst high mountains, its sanctity is credited to Padmasambhava, the maverick missionary who brought Buddhism to Tibet.
Popular legends speak of him as a miracle-maker.
When Buddhism swept over Tibet, Padmasambhava was deified as an incarnation of both Gautama Buddha and Amitabha Buddha (‘Buddha of the Eternal Light’).
Taktsang Gompa is among the few places in Arunachal believed to have been visited by him.Taktsang Gompa is among the few places in Arunachal believed to have been visited by him.
The evidences of his stay can be gleaned even now from the imprints of his footsteps and the hoof prints on the rocky floor of the adjacent cave, where he meditated.
Interestingly, though the holes on the floor are believed to be the hoof prints of his horse, Padmasambhava was supposedly flying on a tiger.
Hence the name tak or tiger, and tsang ‘place or abode’.
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