Neh Pema Shelphu Shrine

The owners of a contested territory in Arunachal Pradesh has sought compensation from the Army for a plot of land on which the Army has constructed a Gurdwara near the Neh Pema Shelphu Shrine.

Shrine of Neh Pema Shelphu

  • It is a holy site in Arunachal Pradesh’s Mechukha Valley.
  • It is very religiously significant to the local Memba Buddhist population.
  • Guru Padmasambhava, a famous figure in Tibetan Buddhism, is said to have sanctified the temple during his expedition of the area in the 8th century AD.
  • According to historical documents, it has been a centre of devotion and pilgrimage for the Memba people since 1274 AD.
  • Hundreds of Buddhists visit the shrine each year during a pilgrimage in March.

Why is this in the news?

  • According to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, the shrine linked with Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh Guru, has been converted into a Buddhist shrine in Arunachal Pradesh.
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