Empong monastery is considered by the local people as ‘Ti Met’ (holy place) as it is believed that the statue installed in there has special powers. The story goes that long time ago an innocent villager sometimes used the statue of Lord Buddha as guard to keep an eye on the rice grains drying in the sun and drive the birds away. It was noticed that whenever this was done, no birds came near to feed on the rice grains and rice stock remained intact. A visitor to the village noticed this, considered it to be the miraculous working of the statue, brought it back and installed it in the Empong monastery. Believers visit the place to have their wishes fulfilled and hundreds flock here during the Sangken Festival every year. The sleepy village of Empong under Chongkham circle has another draw to it. It is believed that childless couples come here to the monastery to pray for their wishes and have had it fulfilled.
How to Reach:
The nearest airport is Mohanbari (Dibrugarh) airport situated in Assam at 123kms from Namsai. Cabs can be availed on arrival from Mohanbari to travel to Namsai.
The nearest railway station is the ‘New Tinsukia Junction’ which is situated in Assam and at just 79.7 kms from Namsai. Cabs and buses can be availed from Tinsukia to travel to Namsai.
Namsai is well connected by road with the neighbouring towns of Assam. Daily day and night bus services are available from Namsai to Tinsukia, Guwahati, Siliguri and Itanagar. Cabs or Taxis can also be availed.