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Bon Monastery

Written By Anirudh Sood on Saturday, 9 April 2016 | 23:12:00

Bon Monastery is located in the Solan District of Himachal Pradesh and is 18 km away from the Solan town. It is considered as a sacred and most revered monastery by the people of the Bon community. The monastery is calmly set amidst the verdant greenery and snow covered mountains away from the crowd of cities and bazaars. It is also referred as the Yungdrung Bon Monastery and is run and maintained by the Yungdrung Bon Monastic Centre. The unique architecture coupled with serenity and the peaceful ambience around the monastery makes it popular tourist attractions in Solan. Tourists from different parts of the country and world come here to practice mediation and revive their mind and soul.

Tourism Significance

The monastery although bears immense religious and historical significance, but at present its popularity among the tourist circuits is also increasing. The stunning architecture together with pious ambience here has been a matter of great interest among the tourists to this region. Being nestled at a hill top, the travellers to this monastery are also offered with picturesque view of the Solan town and the snow laden mountain peaks. One of the prime attractions within the complex of the monastery is the huge statute of Lord Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche. Other than this huge statute, the monastery also has a library housing traditional relics and scriptures. In the vicinity to the monastery is the school where monks and younger generations are taught about the Bon values and traditions. The entire complex around this monastery is quite beautiful draped in the pristine peace and tranquillity that fills travellers with the blissful feelings.

Festivals

The monastery host a grand celebration during the New Year Eve and on this eve sanctified Bon dance, known as ‘Cham’ is performed by the monks in the monastery that draws a huge flock of devotees. It is indeed a fascinating to experience to view this dance as the monks performing this dance wear exquisitely designed masks and ornamented dresses portraying varies deities as well as demons.






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