Total Duration: 12 days
Other places: Western, Central and Eastern Bhutan.
Gomkora derives its name from “Gomphu Kora” – “Gom” meaning meditation; “Phu” cave and “Kora” circumambulation. It is said that Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated in the cave for three months during which time he subdued the demon, Mongkhapa, locally known as Sewang Nagpo, who fled Tibet and had hidden in a rock at Gomkora.
One of the most celebrated festivals in Eastern Bhutan, the Dakpa tribe from Tawang, the bordering Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, also join in the festive.
Apart from the religious essence, the festival served as an occasion for the people to choose their spouse. Though this has dwindled today, it is still alive, with young people finding their partners during the evenings as people circumambulation the lhakhang.