The inaugurated statue. Image: Northeast Now

Samten Choeling Monastery, one of the major tourist attractions of Mechukha Valley in Arunachal Pradesh has added another feather to its cap.

Legislative Assembly Speaker Pasang Dorjee Sona inaugurated the statue of Guru Lhuhe Rigzin in the monastery premises on Monday.

Mechuka, a small town nestled at around 6,000 feet near the Indo-Sino border is the headquarters of Arunachal Pradesh’s Shi-Yomi district.

It is around 556 kms from capital city of Itanagar.

The town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Arunachal Pradesh due to its scenic beauty, exotic tribes, gentle hills and snow-capped mountains.

Sona inaugurated the statue in presence of Rinpoche Dzogchen Tilku Thinley Norbu, under whose initiative and sponsorship of some other well-wishers was the 10-feet-tall statue sculptured.

Samten Choeling Monastery
Samten Choeling Monastery. Image: Northeast Now

Guru Lhuhe Rigzin is one of the most revered Gurus among the Buddhist faithful.

The inauguration of his statue at the Samten Choeling Monastery is expected to attract more visitors, especially the followers of Lord Buddha.

Following the inauguration, the Speaker and others offered prayers and sought blessings.

Earlier, one Kiba Onge highlighted the importance of Guru Lhuhe Rigzin’s statue and the journey of the revered teacher’s life.

Mechuka assistant deputy commissioner Bairo Sorum, PWD executive engineer and other officials and public leader were present on the occasion.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: