Gom Kora is one of the most sacred sites in Bhutan, located 13km beyond chazam and 23km beyong Trashigang Dzong. It is a very scenic place among lush green fields which create a serene and tranquil atmosphere.
It is commonly known as Gomphu Kora, Gomphu is the site where Guru Rinpoche meditated, and Kora means circumambulation. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche subdued an evil demon, crushing it into the rock which left an impression of his body and Guru’s hat. Legend also says that Guru Rinpoche hid a Tshebum, a vase containing water of immortality inside the rock. Many people consider themselves blessed if they get the chance to taste the water that trickles down the rock.
The temple itself was built later by Minjur Tempa during the 17th Century, over the rock which holds the meditation cave underneath. The pathway around the cave is claustrophobically narrow, where people visiting the temple crawl and wriggle through. It is believed that the passageway only lets the people crawl through if they have sinned less. The side of the rock denotes the ‘stairway of the Dakinis’, and it is believed that only the virtuous can climb up this rock wall.
The central figure in the temple is Guru Rinpoche, and to the right is Chenrezig (Buddha of compassion). To the far right of the temple is an image of the snake demon Gangan Yonga Choephel. A Glass cabinet in the temple also holds many relics and objects that are believed to have appeared by themselves or brought by Guru Rinpoche. The contents of the cabinet includes a Garuda egg, footprints of Guru Rinpoche and his consort Yeshey Tshogyel.
For anyone wanting an escape from reality and into the realm of magical and religious adventure in Bhutan, this place is definitely a must-visit.